Watermelons in containers
I grew four bush sugar baby watermelons in a half whiskey barrel using a trellis last summer. Although it was a lot of fun, I only got one small melon per plant. The whiskey barrel only had one drainage hole and the soil mix I used was too water retentive, which I suspect prevented my watermelons from reaching their genetic potential.
I'm going to try again this year to see if I can do better. I added several additional drainage holes to the barrel and raised it off the ground. I've filled it with 30 gallons of Al's 5-1-1 (pine bark fines, peat and perlite with lime) and I'm planning to grow Tiger Baby watermelons this year.
I would love to hear from anyone else who has grown melons in containers or anyone else with thoughts about my plans.