Watermelons rot before the fruit gets ripe

Today I planted a watermelon vine for the first time in several years. The reason is that every time I plant watermelons, they do so good until they are almost ripe. About 2 weeks before they should be ready, they always rot on the bottom. We live in a zone 8 and my yard used to be a field filled with weeds. Please tell me what I can do now to prevent this from happening again this year. I would really like to taste the fruit of my labor.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

If your watermelons are rotting on the bottom where they touch the ground, you may be able to avoid the problem by placing the developing fruits on a little raised stand. A patio stepper or flat rock would work. You could also place a piece of aluminum foil under the fruit so that it doesn't come into direct contact with the soil.


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