Mutated Melons

| 9/15/2011 8:01:49 AM

Tags: cucumbers, melons, Mountain Woman,

A Red Pine Mountain LogoTo share embarassing stories or not?  Oh, well, I have nothing to lose so here is my latest cautionary tale of a newbie gardener.

Every January, seed catalogs start arriving, and for the past three years, their arrival has been the highlight of my long winter. I spend hours deciding just what seeds to plant. Of course, I’m searching for heirloom varieties, but I’m also drawn to anything that produces in colors considered unusual. I want my garden to be as eccentric as I am.

At long last, my seeds arrive!  Dozens of seed packets including carrots in all colors of the rainbow, pumpkins in assorted hues and this year for the first time, melons as well. Small, personal size, white honeydew melons I was intending to plant in the greenhouse. That is until Mountain Man intervened.

“Don’t start your seeds this year. We might not be here all summer.” Mountain Man is determined to move us to Missouri. He doesn’t realize I’m adamantly praying each and every minute of the day for us to stay put.  While I love the people of Missouri who are some of the kindest people on earth, I also cherish our life on our Vermont mountaintop farm.

But if Mountain Man wants to move then move we will, so I followed his instructions. I threw all my seed packets into a drawer and there they stayed forgotten as we made plans to leave.

But my prayers were answered. We decided to stay in Vermont. “For the moment,” as Mountain Man likes to remind me. Nevertheless, the decision to stay was made too late in the spring for me to start most of my seedlings.

mountain woman
9/23/2011 3:28:59 PM

Hi Dave, I'd love to see a picture of your ugly lettuce. Must be interesting but as long as it tastes good! If we do this move, we'll rent the house and Carl will go back and forth to work in the woods here. I've had some more adventures I'm going to get around to putting on my blog sooner or later having to do with brittle bones and padded bottoms. Oh, well, at least life is never dull. Thanks for visiting me!!!!!

nebraska dave
9/22/2011 11:27:18 AM

Sara, you are always a treat to read. There's never a dull moment with you, Mountain Man Carl, and the zoo. How life has changed for you and Carl over the last couple years. A move to Missouri with all your animals would be a miracle for sure. It would mean you'd be closer to your sister. I can see how you would not like to leave the beautiful land in Vermont but you would have more time to garden and enjoy the spring and fall weather. There's pros and cons for both places. If you move to Missouri what would become of the land in Vermont? As for strange plants in the garden, I planted what the package says is Mesclun Lettuce in the fall garden plot. It is the ugliest lettuce I've ever seen. I didn't even think it was lettuce until I looked at the picture on the package and discovered it looked just like the picture. I can see why no one bought it in the spring and it was the only package on the rack a month ago when I decided to plant a fall garden. Next year I'll know to buy the fall seeds in the spring with the rest of the garden seeds. This first time fall garden has been a learning experience for sure. Have a great day in the garden.

mountain woman
9/20/2011 3:34:40 PM

Cindy, makes me feel so much better you have cucurbits and mystery vines. I thought I might be the only one. It's incredibly beautiful here too. Just beyond gorgeous. Thanks for visiting me!!!

cindy murphy
9/20/2011 6:53:22 AM

Too funny, Mountain Woman. Very cute story. I never know what I'm getting with my cucurbits. I just throw left-over pumpkins, gourds, squash, and whatevers into the compost heap. Inevitably a volunteer vine or 10 will sprout up the following year, and I let it grow, anticipating the surprise of what it'll produce. I've gotten some interesting (weird) looking things with this method; the majority of them most likely inedible, but pretty enough for fall decoration. I just don't have the space to plant any "normal" vining vegetables. Enjoy your day there; it's turning out to be a gorgeous fall here.

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