Sunday, May 31, 2009

Tigger Melons

I grew these a few years ago because they are so unusual and I liked the name. They became a good conversation piece since they are so beautiful and most people have never heard of them. The flavor is somewhat bland and uninteresting to me, but some of my co-workers thought they were luscious so I took most of my crop to work. They are easy to grow and will come back year after year whether you want them to or not. According to Seed Savers Exchange, they originated in Armenia.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Chive Blossom

Last June I planted four little chive plants in the herb garden. This spring it became a mass of lovely lavender flowers that the bees have enjoyed immensely. We have yet to eat any of the chives because I don't want to cut the flowers.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Discovering Tigger melons and Long beans

So here I am, typing my first post for my first blog. Gardening seemed the logical place to start blogging because I've long desired to keep a garden journal and this seems to be the best way for me to accomplish that goal.

I few years ago I came across a catalogue for heirloom seeds. I bought a pack each of four different tomato seeds; Cherokee Purple, Snow White Cherry, Old German, and Pink Brandywine. That year I successfully started from seed and planted four tomato plants (they all lived!), and the next year I expanded to fifteen! Plus squash, cucumbers, tigger melons, and Chinese long beans. My garden was overflowing and I had tomatoes everywhere.

Starting vegetables from seed has been addictive. I want to try at least one of every heirloom or exotic variety I find, and I can't seem to keep up with all the available choices.

This is a journal of my gardening adventures, successful or otherwise, for anyone like me who likes to watch things grow.