Watermelon, Bozeman (Organic)
Citrullus lanatus. 70-80 days.
Light-green skinned watermelon with some speckles. Oblong slightly pear-shaped fruit are large (10-30 lbs) for such an early melon. Good flavor with few seeds and pink-red flesh. Fruit keep for a month or two. Ripens well in our cool Oregon summers with similar maturity to other early watermelons like Blacktail Mountain and Early Moonbeam. It is hard to grow good watermelons west of the Cascades in the Pacific Northwest, so it is great to have another variety that likes it here. The result of a breeding project initiated by Ken Fisher of Fisher’s Seed in Belgrade, Montana. According to his daughter Judy, Bozeman is a sister line selected by her uncle while the variety Far North was selected by her father. Thanks to Kendall Cikanek for the historical intel.
Sow indoors 2” pots with good potting soil in May. Transplant into the garden 1-2 weeks after sprouting to 2-3’ centers and 6’ wide rows. May also be direct sown when soil is warm. Melon plants are frost-sensitive and benefit from row cover to protect them from insects and frost while plants are young.
To save seed, scoop out seeds when you eat the fruit. Rinse off and dry. Isolate from other same species of melon by at least ½ mile.