Cucumbers and Pickles

The Mexican Sour Gherkin

Looking like teeny tiny watermelons, their distinctive light and dark green “rinds” do stand out.
The Mexican Sour Gherkin (Melothria scabra) is an heirloom native to Mexico and Central America, where it’s known as Sandita (little watermelon).

Overall, it just a bizarre little veggie.
Vining up to 10 FT, these babies definitely add interest to your garden.
It does, however, take forever to grow. Weeks and weeks later, it finally takes off, with tendrils climbing everywhere.
And weeks after that, little bitty ‘melons’ start to appear.

Finally, we get to try one….

Yowza!!! They don’t call it ‘sour’ for nothing, folks. It’s got a bite to it
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It’s a cucamelon!! ( without anything to do with melons)

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Between the Gherkins, the Lemon, the Dragon Egg and the Boston cucumbers, You can only eat so many, and give so many cucumbers away until they start piling up….then it’s pickle time.

I’ll try to pickle the Gherkins later this week, but atleast I was able to can the rest.

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Backyard Goings On

Things are staring to move and groove. Or should I say grow in the back yard.
Lets play another round of photo catch up 🙂

Okra

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California Wonder Green Peppers

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Peppers and Eggs

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Boston Pickling & Dragon Egg Cucumbers

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Sitting in the Garden

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Here come the Girls

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Yay! Rainbow

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Can’t go wrong with Zinnias

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Lets Ask Gary…Bug #4
Found this guy (already dead) outside tonight. Very cool to look at…

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powdery mildew and bad chickens

i think its the end of my dragon’s egg cucumber.  powdery mildew wins.  Image

also, i just came home to find the girls in the upper garden.  guess they wanted cucumbers and beans for dinner.    i do not have a photo of that…i was too busy yelling and spraying them down with the super soaker 9000.  instead, i have one of the ‘new girls.’  this is vera and flo.

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this is alice, although, i usually call her ‘little girl’

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