These are weeds. Watermelons’ biggest issue is actually weed control and it’s important to pull the weeds so that your watermelon is not forced to compete for necessary water and nutrients. Perennial grasses that grow in the watermelon patch can be difficult to control so you need to stay on top of them. Before you plant, dig up all weeds with a hoe. You can’t do this later or you’ll damage the vines of the melon. Also, put mulch between the plants to keep the weeds down. Finally, plant multiple melons far apart so you can get between the plants to weed easily.
Although I've never tasted one so I can't vouch for that. :(
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The first few female flowers on each branch will give you the best fruit. To grow these fruit as large as possible, you can pinch-off the tip of the branch after a couple of fruits have set and are starting to swell up. This is mixed amongst growers, some feel that this is not an essential step, and you can just let them grow to their potential size.
When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.
Plant the seeds outside after the last spring frost. Don't be in too big of a hurry to plant, as the ground must be warm enough for the seeds to germinate. Plant a few seeds 1 inch deep in hills 6 to 8 feet apart.