|'Monte Cristo', also known as 'Kleckley Sweets', is an heirloom variety of watermelon. The fruits are 20 inches long and 12 inches across. The melons have dark green skin and a thin rind, making them unsuitable for shipping, but their small size makes them excellent for small kitchen gardens. The flesh is red, crisp, and sugary. The seeds are white. Watermelons generally do best in warm climates. Cool weather will not produce good fruits, but some of the adversity of cool weather can be overcome by starting seeds early indoors, and transplanting them out at the height of summer. Plastic groundcovers are highly recommended to increase soil temperature in the spring, and rowcovers will help the crop ripen in the fall.