A Different Kind of Gardening: Ph.D. Student Brandon Huber | NC State CALS News

— Written By Mary Lorscheider

Brandon Huber, a NC State University doctoral student grows an assortment of cucurbits competitively. Competitive gardening is the art of maximizing growth potential in commonly grown plants in contests against fellow gardeners.

Competitive gardening is location-dependent because climate and soil properties vary from place to place. In North Carolina, Huber specializes in growing watermelons. Before moving here, he focused on maximizing the growth of his pumpkins in Pennsylvania.

North Carolina serves as a great location for maximizing the growth potential of watermelons because the state’s lengthy summer acts as a long growing season. The sandy soil within some of the state’s regions also complements the growth of watermelons.

Read about Brandon’s style of Horticulture from CALS News.