Now that I have my seed listing up on my website, it's time to talk about a few of my favourite things...and seeds that are consistently best sellers.
Will 250 heads of lettuce keep you going all season? Should-even for a family of bunnies.
And now for something completely different.
Hope I'm not misleading you...this one you don't eat, and trust me, don't want to.
I got the seed many years ago from William Woys Weaver, a noted chef , gardener and food historian. He indicated the only use for it was to keep goats out of your garden!
It is in the nightshade family, and is named solanum atropurpureum. Good luck finding the seed for this thorny marvel any where else..but it is worth growing. It is just too cool!
It has a black purple stem covered in thorns,leaves with a thorny purple black spine and grows the interesting fruit pictured above. This fruit turns a brilliant golden colour in the fall. It grows to about 4' and is a sight to behold. It is starting to develop a following-it is just THAT different.
Simple to grow, I start it right around the time I start my tomatoes, mid March to early April. It is quite carefree. I mean who is going to mess with those thorns?
This is a super personal sized melon. For me, they generally grow no larger than 5" in diameter. They have a wonderfully sweet orange flesh. I like to chill them first in the fridge, then eat 'em. Cool melons on a hot summer day are magic. And with this small one, it is just a matter of slicing it in half, popping out the seeds and away we go!
Best of all, this melon has reasonably contained vines and is ideal for a small garden, and good for the northern garden. But it still manages to kick out quite a few fruit.
I generally start my melons around the beginning of May in peat pots in warm conditions. Depending on the year, that could be inside under lights, or in the hoop house if the temps are dipping too low.
In 3-4 weeks the plants are generally the size I like. After hardening them off, I plant them in a hill I've created with compost and soil mixed together. It's important to stay on top of the watering with melons too, and this I do. Add the summer heat and they perform magnificently.
Ah, yes...summer will come. But now is the time for planning some interesting and different crops.
Try 'em and see !