Over the next two years the thought occasionally entered my mind about how they could take a
naturally round watermelon and make a square watermelon out of it . It was not a burning curiosity
but, rather, I was amused by the thought of turning a watermelon square.
Then in 2005 after planting tomatoes and watermelon in a small backyard garden, I decided to take
the challenge to produce my own square watermelon. I knew I could do it and was convinced that it was going
to be a lot of fun.
Square Watermelon Dive
In the garden I’m a doer – as Nike’s slogan goes…Just Do It! I took action not knowing what the outcome would be. The process
itself of making a square watermelon is as important as the outcome, I thought.
In this home garden I planted a few tomato and watermelon plants. They were plants that I bought
from a local general hardware store (it’s amazing how just about all types of retail outlets get involved with
gardening at springtime.)
In my research I learned that the Icebox variety of watermelon of watermelon was
one of a few that fitted the local Canadian climate – we have a short growing season and limited strong sunlight
intensity. I prepared the soil (elevating beds to give better water drainage) and planted the newly-bought
The Miracle of Seeing the Watermelon Plant Grow and
As expected, they grew very well and I kept a close eye to be sure they remained healthy. It was not too long
before my attention paid off with flowers, then baby fruits.
Growing things and nurturing them have always interested me. Although I have done it many, many
times before, planting, and watching fruits appear and then mature is like a miracle happening before my eyes. I
could literally spend hours in a garden observing plants, flowers, the fruits, and even the insects which are all
part of the dynamics of nature and local ecosystem.
Producing a Square Watermelon Requires Creativity and
As the fruits were forming, the creative part of me started kicking in, allowing me to come up with
different ideas of how I may be able to make them square. That is, how I may imitate the Japanese farmers, the true
square watermelon experts, using a humble home garden budget.
I experimented using different materials – from transparent plexiglass and solid opaque plastic, to corrugated
plastic and wood.
Despite my attempt to get specific information – writing to the horticulturalist at the university, the watermelon
promotion board searching the world wide web, and many other places, I was not able to learn how it was actually
done, expect that a “box” was used to turn the watermelon square.
I was a little frustrated but I also accepted the fact that this was part of the challenge of producing my own
prized square watermelon.