‘Shiny Boy’ watermelons

he early-maturing watermelon 'Shiny Boy' charmed judges in a taste test, with its sweet flavor and crisp texture. It won a stamp of approval from All-America Selections for 2010. A globe-shaped melon that grows to about 20 pounds, it is ready for harvest about 75 days from sowing. Vines spread to about 13-feet. Visit www.all-americaselections.org to find sources of seed. By May in North Carolina, soil temperatures are usually warm enough to sow watermelon seeds in the garden, or you can sow in pots earlier and transplant them when conditions are right. Germination takes 7–14 days.

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