What fun is gardening without some wacky experiments?
- Sweet potatoes.
I got six vines from Vesey’s, which arrived in rather pathetic condition (the packaging disclaimed wretched looking vines as “normal” and claimed they would perk up. To be fair, they did. Five of them made it). Since they supposedly like under-watering, I left them mostly alone after initial establishment, although the underwatering got a little extreme in this terribly dry summer. The vines were small, but had lovely purpley-green leaves.
I dug ’em up in September. No idea what to expect.
Vine 1 – Uhoh. Off to a bad start.
Vine 2 – Oh, that’s more like it.
Vine 3 – That’s actually a real sized potato.
Unfortunately, there were no more potatoes still in the ground from these vines. One vine = one potato. NOT an impressive yield. No efficiency points for area:productivity. That’s the gamble with experiments.
But they made one very tasty meal.
These took off in the greenhouse. Three vines swarmed up their strings and headed across the cross-ties, producing loads of these weird little grape-sized melons.
Aptly named! It tastes like a cucumber, or a melon, or is it a cucumber? Totally bizarre combination of tastes. If you’re like me, you probably haven’t had cucumber and melon in the same bite before. Crunchy skin, like a cuke.
I have no pictures of my own because the guineas in the greenhouse enjoyed many more than I did. This pic is from James Wong, who waxes more enthusiastic about the cucamelon than I do.
I’ll grow them again next year, though; they grow so easily, and I’ll try to find more to do with them.