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A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 8:27pm On Aug 30, 2014
By elyjay

Watermelon, citrullus lanatus rank third among the world highly cultivated crops, superseded only by potato and tomato in that order. In fact planting watermelon made me become lazy and mono cropper. Before I started planting watermelon, my chief crops were maize, cassava, yam, cocoyam and rice. But after planting watermelon for two years, I abandoned other crops and concentrated on watermelon till today.
When you are considering quick cash in farming, watermelon is among the crops to consider. The gestation is not more than 80 days, money don come. Kudi yaazo. Cultivated all over tropical climate the largest producers are China, Turkey, Iran, Brazil and U. S. A. in that order. It is produced all over in Nigeria from Maiduguri to Lagos and from Sokoto to Calabar.

Time of planting In southern Nigeria
We have three planting seasons: Early planting is in March, Mid season planting and the most lucrative but risky is June 25 to July 15. Late season planting is August 15 to September 15 in Kwara Oyo and northern parts of Ogun state. Planting in south Ogun, that is Ilaro, Ifo, Ota, Idiropo to Badagry in Lagos is September 15 to October 15. This is
because late rains last till December in these areas.
In the Northern Parts; early season planting is in May and late season planting is July. But with functional irrigation in the north, they are able to plant throughout the year .Lake chad basin in Bornu, Hadeja river basin in Kano are the major irrigation projects turning out watermelon all year round in Nigeria. I am aware that when the price goes so high watermelon is imported into Nigeria from Niger, Chad, Benin and Togo republics.

LAND PREPARATION
Watermelon requires loamy soil or silt loam soil it also perform well on heavy soil if it is well-drained. It does not tolerate waterlogging at all. So if planting on heavy soil, ridging will be helpful to improve drainage. On loamy soil, we normally plant on the flat land. Plowing starts immediately on the first rain. Even if the first rain comes in January, plow the land ready for the second operation.
If the second rain comes any time after February 15th, we can plant in Lagos and southern parts of Ogun state. In other parts, Igbogila, Ayetoro, Abeokuta, Odeda and all parts of Oyo state should plant in March. Planting should stop by the end of March. If you risk planting in very early April, you may succeed but if the June rain should start before 15th of June forget it. The tendency is that either the melon will not ripe or you loose a lot to blossom and it rots. Maturity takes a minimum of 75 days. On the second rain or within the stipulated time, harrow or replow and plant immediately. Experience has shown that portions planted immediately after plowing records higher germination percentage than portions planted the following day unless there is overnight rain.

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Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 8:30pm On Aug 30, 2014
Tomorrow, clearing of the land will commence and the farmland will be ready for planting. I will upload photos as work progresses

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Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by boluwajokosegun: 9:06pm On Aug 30, 2014
Weldon sir, where are u located.

The risk is high but highly lucrative farming

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Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 10:29pm On Aug 30, 2014
Thank u, am in Abuja.
boluwajokosegun: Weldon sir, where are u located.

The risk is high but highly lucrative farming

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Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by Juliana7: 11:13pm On Aug 30, 2014
I'm following, with serious rapt attention

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Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 9:51am On Aug 31, 2014
Welcome on board. Am thinking of changing the tittle of the thread to growing water melon in your backyard
Juliana7: I'm following, with serious rapt attention
Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 10:06am On Aug 31, 2014
The land to grow the watermelon

Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 10:58am On Aug 31, 2014
Preparing the land

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Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 11:08am On Aug 31, 2014
The seeds for planting. The seeds were gotten from the popular Gosa market along airport road Abuja. The market holds every friday.

Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 12:41pm On Aug 31, 2014
Planting the watermelon seeds

Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 12:49pm On Aug 31, 2014
We are done with the planting and will soon apply herbicide
Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by laksyde100(m): 1:18pm On Aug 31, 2014
how much is the seed been sold and is there anywhere i can get it in oyo or ogun states? thanks
Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 1:27pm On Aug 31, 2014
A cup of the seeds was gotton for 400naira. U can save seeds urself
laksyde100: how much is the seed been sold and is there anywhere i can get it in oyo or ogun states? thanks

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Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 1:35pm On Aug 31, 2014
The bushfire herbicide will be used

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Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by Nobody: 2:57pm On Aug 31, 2014
following.
Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by fflamingo(m): 3:44pm On Aug 31, 2014
Following
Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by emmaeny(m): 3:48pm On Aug 31, 2014
Wao great I like this
When do I apply the stuff
Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 4:08pm On Aug 31, 2014
We are applying it right away
emmaeny: Wao great I like this
When do I apply the stuff
Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 4:12pm On Aug 31, 2014
Our spraying machine

Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 4:26pm On Aug 31, 2014
Bello my friend has come to help me apply the herbicide

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Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by baminasri(m): 7:34pm On Aug 31, 2014
@ op what's d profitability of cultivating water melon on one hectare of land in areas like ogun or oyo states?
Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by agbeloba2001(m): 8:14pm On Aug 31, 2014
MANGAM: By elyjay

Watermelon, citrullus lanatus rank third among the world highly cultivated crops, superseded only by potato and tomato in that order. In fact planting watermelon made me become lazy and mono cropper. Before I started planting watermelon, my chief crops were maize, cassava, yam, cocoyam and rice. But after planting watermelon for two years, I abandoned other crops and concentrated on watermelon till today.
When you are considering quick cash in farming, watermelon is among the crops to consider. The gestation is not more than 80 days, money don come. Kudi yaazo. Cultivated all over tropical climate the largest producers are China, Turkey, Iran, Brazil and U. S. A. in that order. It is produced all over in Nigeria from Maiduguri to Lagos and from Sokoto to Calabar.

Time of planting In southern Nigeria
We have three planting seasons: Early planting is in March, Mid season planting and the most lucrative but risky is June 25 to July 15. Late season planting is August 15 to September 15 in Kwara Oyo and northern parts of Ogun state. Planting in south Ogun, that is Ilaro, Ifo, Ota, Idiropo to Badagry in Lagos is September 15 to October 15. This is
because late rains last till December in these areas.
In the Northern Parts; early season planting is in May and late season planting is July. But with functional irrigation in the north, they are able to plant throughout the year .Lake chad basin in Bornu, Hadeja river basin in Kano are the major irrigation projects turning out watermelon all year round in Nigeria. I am aware that when the price goes so high watermelon is imported into Nigeria from Niger, Chad, Benin and Togo republics.

LAND PREPARATION
Watermelon requires loamy soil or silt loam soil it also perform well on heavy soil if it is well-drained. It does not tolerate waterlogging at all. So if planting on heavy soil, ridging will be helpful to improve drainage. On loamy soil, we normally plant on the flat land. Plowing starts immediately on the first rain. Even if the first rain comes in January, plow the land ready for the second operation.
If the second rain comes any time after February 15th, we can plant in Lagos and southern parts of Ogun state. In other parts, Igbogila, Ayetoro, Abeokuta, Odeda and all parts of Oyo state should plant in March. Planting should stop by the end of March. If you risk planting in very early April, you may succeed but if the June rain should start before 15th of June forget it. The tendency is that either the melon will not ripe or you loose a lot to blossom and it rots. Maturity takes a minimum of 75 days. On the second rain or within the stipulated time, harrow or replow and plant immediately. Experience has shown that portions planted immediately after plowing records higher germination percentage than portions planted the following day unless there is overnight rain.

Pls,wt abt marketing of d product? Do u knw any popular mrkt in d south west wher d harvested water melon cn b sold.
Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by born2lead01: 4:51pm On Sep 01, 2014
Following! I will also be joining you in planting at my backyard as i have half a plot lying unused. Can i buy a whole water Mellon and plant the seed inside despite it is not dry? Cos i don't think i can get the dried seeds in my locality.
Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 6:14pm On Sep 01, 2014
On one hectare of land u stand to profit 100-150k wit little capital investment of 20k
baminasri: @ op what's d profitability of cultivating water melon on one hectare of land in areas like ogun or oyo states?
Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 6:19pm On Sep 01, 2014
I don't know of any market for watermelon In the south west but I know watermelon can be sold at any fruits market near u
agbeloba2001:
Pls,wt abt marketing of d product? Do u knw any popular mrkt in d south west wher d harvested water melon cn b sold.
Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 6:25pm On Sep 01, 2014
Welcome on board born2lead01, u can plant ur seeds fresh as long as they are matured seeds or sun dry them for 3days. The advantage of saving ur seeds by buying a whole melon is that u can decide what variety to plant.
born2lead01: Following! I will also be joining you in planting at my backyard as i have half a plot lying unused. Can i buy a whole water Mellon and plant the seed inside despite it is not dry? Cos i don't think i can get the dried seeds in my locality.
Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 6:32pm On Sep 01, 2014
Time to apply our herbicide

Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 6:35pm On Sep 01, 2014
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Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 6:41pm On Sep 01, 2014
Let the counting begin as we await our seeds to germinate. I will be uploading photos as the farm progesses.

1/09/14. Day one after planting and still waiting for rainfall

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Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by MANGAM(m): 4:20pm On Sep 02, 2014
Day 2. No rain yet and stil waiting for our seeds to germinate

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Re: A Thread For Growing Watermelon In your backyard With Photos by Michdear(f): 6:02pm On Sep 02, 2014
MANGAM: By elyjay

Watermelon, citrullus lanatus rank third among the world highly cultivated crops, superseded only by potato and tomato in that order. In fact planting watermelon made me become lazy and mono cropper. Before I started planting watermelon, my chief crops were maize, cassava, yam, cocoyam and rice. But after planting watermelon for two years, I abandoned other crops and concentrated on watermelon till today.
When you are considering quick cash in farming, watermelon is among the crops to consider. The gestation is not more than 80 days, money don come. Kudi yaazo. Cultivated all over tropical climate the largest producers are China, Turkey, Iran, Brazil and U. S. A. in that order. It is produced all over in Nigeria from Maiduguri to Lagos and from Sokoto to Calabar.

Time of planting In southern Nigeria
We have three planting seasons: Early planting is in March, Mid season planting and the most lucrative but risky is June 25 to July 15. Late season planting is August 15 to September 15 in Kwara Oyo and northern parts of Ogun state. Planting in south Ogun, that is Ilaro, Ifo, Ota, Idiropo to Badagry in Lagos is September 15 to October 15. This is
because late rains last till December in these areas.
In the Northern Parts; early season planting is in May and late season planting is July. But with functional irrigation in the north, they are able to plant throughout the year .Lake chad basin in Bornu, Hadeja river basin in Kano are the major irrigation projects turning out watermelon all year round in Nigeria. I am aware that when the price goes so high watermelon is imported into Nigeria from Niger, Chad, Benin and Togo republics.

LAND PREPARATION
Watermelon requires loamy soil or silt loam soil it also perform well on heavy soil if it is well-drained. It does not tolerate waterlogging at all. So if planting on heavy soil, ridging will be helpful to improve drainage. On loamy soil, we normally plant on the flat land. Plowing starts immediately on the first rain. Even if the first rain comes in January, plow the land ready for the second operation.
If the second rain comes any time after February 15th, we can plant in Lagos and southern parts of Ogun state. In other parts, Igbogila, Ayetoro, Abeokuta, Odeda and all parts of Oyo state should plant in March. Planting should stop by the end of March. If you risk planting in very early April, you may succeed but if the June rain should start before 15th of June forget it. The tendency is that either the melon will not ripe or you loose a lot to blossom and it rots. Maturity takes a minimum of 75 days. On the second rain or within the stipulated time, harrow or replow and plant immediately. Experience has shown that portions planted immediately after plowing records higher germination percentage than portions planted the following day unless there is overnight rain.
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