This is my second year of seriously trying to grow watermelons, and as I've talked about, this year the weather really sucked for growing anything.
But I have a secret weapon: The greenhouse. The following are pictures of the watermelon portion of my greenhouse. The melons got enough sun and warmth to ripen nicely, and they're pretty sweet. I'm guessing I have about 100 of the personal sized watermelons. Organically grown, no pesticides, local to Seattle.
Take note you 100 mile diet folks: Watermelons you can eat guilt-free!
Some of them are the size of softballs, others the size of basketballs. I've been trying to get the watermelon growing down because these personal-sized watermelons sell for $6 to $8 in the stores, and I think I can make a good market in them in the local farmers market. I certainly enjoy them.
I grew both seedless and seeded watermelons this year. Having tasted both, I think that the seeded watermelons are sweeter, nicer melons.
Next year I think I'm going to try more hot-weather crops. Peppers and more types of melons. cantelopes, maybe. After having the pigs and cows eat most of my melon vines TWICE last year, I'm pretty happy with the crop this year.