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avoid inviting fungal disease which thrives in warm damp conditions. For a DIY approach, bury a drink bottle upside down with its base cut off and fill it with water every few days which will then slowly seep into the soil. If you don’t have time to water or you’re going away, set up a watering system that runs on a timer. space. In regions with reliably hot, long summers, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to watermelons. Sow Yates ‘Country Sweet’ or Kings Seeds snakeskinned ‘Georgia Rattlesnake’. In smaller gardens, 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.