Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. South Carolina’s watermelon queen for 2019, Courtney Kubo, visited Making It Grow recently. She and other state’s representatives gave out 44,000 containers of watermelon at the Charleston Bridge Run recently and will do the same in Washington, DC, for the Marine Corps Marathon. Watermelon flesh is a great way to rehydrate – it’s almost all water and contains potassium which helps regulate fluid levels. Under the aegis of the South Carolina Watermelon Board, Courtney, like her predecessors, travels throughout the state and beyond promoting South Carolina watermelons. Thanks to research by Clemson experts such as Richard Hassell and Gilbert Miller, our farmers have excellent research-based advice on how to produce great tasting melons, and they are shipped by the thousands as far away as Canada. Watermelon.org has hundreds of recipes, including grilled watermelon slices – why not try them with your next cookout?