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or in regions where summers can be short, plant smaller-fruiting varieties, as these are much more likely to ripen before the heat retreats. We’re growing the baseball-sized, dark-skinned ‘Sugar Baby’ (any fruit or vegetable with ‘sugar’ in the name immediately has kid appeal). Melons love hot spot and lots of water while the fruit is developing. In cooler areas, sow the seeds along the base of a north-facing wall or fence so they can soak up the reflected heat. Feed with the same liquid fertiliser you’re using for tomatoes.