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Watermelons have crisp, juicy flesh that's perfect for summer eating. You can easily grow your own watermelons but you'll need at least 20 square feet of space.

Choose from the many varieties available, which come in different sizes, shapes, and colors. For seeded watermelons, plant seeds directly in sandy soil in the early spring. Seedless varieties do best if transplanted, and remember for pollination to occur, you must also plant seeded varieties.

When selecting a watermelon to buy, look for a firm, symmetrical fruit with no blemishes.


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