Let me share with you the answer I gave a questions I was asked by one of my readers.
I want to do this because I feel that some other persons, or may be you, [[firstname]], may have similar concern.
Never take this article as suggesting that you can plant watermelon in a water-logged soil. I am only providing practical steps to take if you are already in this situation. I believe this is clear.
Let me paste the question here below:
“Joe I have been an avid reader of your daily message for a while.
I confess I found your communication not only lucid but incisive.
Am actually having a pilot scheme of water melon farm, cucumber
and hybrid tomatoes.
Your guide on water melon farming is most complete documented
package to assist us.
My challenge however is my farm site is prone to water logging and
the rains have been pouring down as against you advice in the
blueprint for a well drain soil.
Therefore the water melon are not doing well and the insects and
worms have been a menace. This is the position as at today.
However I did not follow the step by step guide in the blueprint..
Please find below my reply…
“Thank you very much Alhaji for taking time out to comment on the quality of the training so far. I feel encouraged to do even more.
As per the condition of your plant, I would like to know the location of your farm and the rainfall pattern there. Was the land tilled or ridged?
In the event of excessive water, fungi attack may be a problem, and in this case, I recommend that you buy any active fungicide you can lay your hands on.
Some are fungiforce, Z force, etc. Apply at the recommended dosage and watch. When applying, mix in water and ensure to spray the back of the leaves.
Try this while we look forward to a remarkable improvement.
What Can You Learn from My Reply?
Number 1: It is best to plant on a sandy loam soil, which is well drained and never water-logged.
If however, you find a portion of your farm not meeting this requirement of being well-drained, a simple solution is to make ridges and plant your watermelon on the upper layers. This will help as can be seen in the picture here.
Number 2: There are fungicides to use when you start observing fungi actions, such as leave rotting. Fungiforce, Z-force are a few of them. Follow the recommended dosage and safety measures.
I hope this goes a long way to help anyone with the challenges associated with watermelon planting.
All the best of success to you, as you make earnest effort to follow this guide.
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