Watermelons do not grow to gigantic proportions in upstate NY. We are not fooled into thinking that will ever happen, so we attempt the next best thing, Sugar Baby Watermelons. The catch to growing good watermelons, even small ones, is finding a nice spell of good hot weather, more hot weather than we had here this past summer.
In spite of the "not so hot" summer, the water- melon plants in our garden did grow, albeit slowly, a little too slowly. Only one melon grew big enough to give us a bit of hope. It was basketball size. The rest were the size of baseballs, softballs, and tennis balls.