I grow many different melons. I really love vine plants in general, I think. This has to be why I seem to gravitate to Morning Glories and cucumbers, squash and, of course, melons.
I didn’t really know this about myself until very recently. We were at coffee with my in-laws and I overheard my hubby say, “If it climbs or vines, she has it.” He was answering a question about whether I grew bush or pole beans, but it made me think about my plant selections in an entirely new way.
I do have a tendency to choose vines and climbers. I’ll have to think for a spell on why that might be, but as of now, it’s just a point to ponder.
Let’s talk melons!
As of this week, eleven melons have been safely transplanted or started in the melon bed. Yay! Rich Sweetness 132, Mango Melon, Jelly Melon, White Wonder Watermelon, Charentais, Delice De La Table, Tigger, and finally the Paisley Plant of the Week, Vert Grimmpant.
French for The Green Climber, Vert Grimmpant is a beautiful melon that can easily be grown on a trellis as the fruits are very small, weighing a mere 1 to 2 pounds. The flesh is crisp and quite juicy. We love them fresh and we love them pickled. If you stand still too long around here, you run the risk of getting sauced, brined, or pickled in the summer!
I love the fluted slightly flattened beauty of these little guys. I love the mild, crisp sweet flesh. I love the beautiful vines and mannerly sophistication of the whole plant. They are a joy to grow and eat!
I hope you’ll try this old world favorite, and while you’re at it, check out this wonderful site about growing melons. Rowan may be in Australia, but he just may turn into one of my new best friends. We have a lot in common. = ) He takes the melon obsession to an entirely different level!
Also, I found a new blog I love called Growing With Plants. They had a melon project last year that turned out really well. It’s a good blog and I’m glad I found it! I hope you’ll check it out as well.
I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day if you’re a mother. If you have a mother, remember her tomorrow (and always). I want to take this opportunity to wish my grandmothers, my mom and my mother-in-law a very Happy Mother’s Day! You make me who I am, and that’s quite good with me.
Have a Paisley Blessed weekend!~KeriAnne