Locally-grown watermelons are now on sale for the first time at selected Asda stores in South East England. Joe Cottingham, the farmer from Dartford who’s perfecting the technique for growing them in a cooler climate, blogs about how it’s been done.
It’s taken lots of trial work to get to the point where we’ve been able to successfully harvest this crop of 1,000 watermelons as the British climate isn’t traditionally suitable for growing it here.
Last year we trialled 20 or 30 different types of watermelon, learnt how to grow them and learnt the potential challenges too. With a combination of poly tunnels and generally warmer weather we’ve managed to find varieties of watermelon which will produce fruit. We selected the two varieties which we felt performed best in our trials and that’s what we’ve been growing this year.Read more