So, when planning and planting my garden I mostly try to stick to things that I know we’ll eat. But I also believe in trying new things on occasion, and so when the seed catalogs arrive every year I sit down with a couple different color highlighters and start marking off the seeds I NEED and the seeds that look cool and the seeds I want. And I try to pick at least one or two from the latter two categories to try every year.
For this year’s garden the one really weird thing I ended up trying was Gagon Cucumbers. They’re cool looking! I skimmed the description, made sure that they had at least a chance of growing well in my screwed up climate (” thrives in cool northern climates, but also stands up to intense heat and humidity” sweet! It has a chance!), and didn’t look much closer.
I took THIS picture on 7/18:
It was maybe 5-6″ long, looking good!
Today I took a few minutes before work to walk the garden, and decided to check on the baby Gagon cucumber while I was at it…..
Holy……Its now a good foot in length, and still not yet fully ripe. It weighs several pounds at least.
I went back to the seed link and took a closer look at the description “up to 20” long”……ooops, and there’s several more forming on the vines!
So um, I guess I have cucumbers this year!
I also found these:
Which are my first ripe Black Vernissage Tomatoes. I haven’t had a chance to eat one yet, maybe after work.