Golden Midget Watermelon - Early Maturing
A beautiful 3 lb miniature watermelon that's widely adapted with very sweet and refreshing rich-red flesh and dark-colored seeds. 7-8” oval melons grow on compact vines and only need a small space, great for small or urban gardens. Picking at the perfect ripeness is easy because the thin tough green rind turns golden-orange when ready for harvest.
So early maturing that it’s excellent for succession planting.
Developed by Elwyn Meader and Albert Yaeger at the University of New Hamsphire in 1959.
Watermelons originated in the subtropical parts of Africa. In the Kalahari Desert region of southern Africa, the San people used wild watermelon as an important water source during the dry season.
This delicious fruit is simply eaten by cutting into slices and eaten fresh. Creative types can carve into various shapes or use as melon balls in fruit salads. Some cultures dry, roast and eat the seeds as a snack. Watermelon juice can be processed into a syrup or even wine.
Watermelon seeds dislike cold soil. It's better to wait until the soil is warm to plant the seeds. Also, watermelons don't like to have their roots disturbed, so when thinning out seedlings in hills, cut the stems of those you want to remove, rather than pulling them out.
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This watermelon is quite the thirst quencher. Golden color on the outside with a nice surprise of juicy red flesh on the inside. Easy to grow and easy to maintain! The only drawback is that it lacks flavor.
Have to try this one!
This was the laugh of my entire summer. Imagine a watermelon as big as a fat golf ball with thin rind and full size watermelon seeds, and you have this years experience with the golden midget. Now, I did grow it in stressed conditions in a large flower pot with poor drainage, in the hottest summer on record and a drought to boot. But nobody believed in the golf ball sized watermelon until they saw and tasted with their own eyes. Quite juicy and tasty : Thanks for the best funniest veg of the summer. It was wonderful to show off on garden tours.
I had great success with this melon. I grew it in a Keyhole Garden bed, Google Keyhole Gardens. I had two plants and got about 9 melons and now it has set some more melons for a second harvest. I like that it turns yellow when ready, I had a hard time knowing when to pick melons, they were either still green or over-ripe. I also like the big seeds, it is so much easier to remove them than the thousands of small seeds. This will be my small melon of choice now.