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Garden Gleanings - Meeting of Weed'em and Reap at Hong Hong this Friday

Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2008, at 4:02 PM

I hope they allow me back in the door at Hong Kong. A few weeks ago I brought them what I thought was a Chinese Winter Melon, good for soups and stir fry. I brought them another two weeks ago and they met me at the door waving me off, or at least the melon. No, no, no, no,....

It seems the first one was so hard, they could not use a knife to cut into it and had to throw it out. Now that had me confused, but as I was going through my seeds to plant for the fall I think I hit on the solution.

I forgot that I planted a new plant this year, a "Bushel Gourd" (Cucurbita pepo)and it has a very similar growing habit to the Winter Melon. It has white flowers and can grow up to 165 pounds! Once the vines started growing, I lost track of which one was which and had forgotten anyway.

You guessed it, I brought them the gourd. I cut another when I got home and found I could actually bounce it on the concrete without breaking. No wonder their knife did not work!

They look so similar that I am now going to wait until the winter melon turns white or the gourd dries up. I can't take any more chances with my reputation!


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I can hardly type for laughing. There's no fool like a self-inflicted fool. You should save some seeds from both varieties, who knows you may have developed a Winter Gourd.

I'll share one with you. My Grandfather was an avid gardener. My cousin (in her mid 30's mind you) went to "pick" sweet potatoes. He told her where they were and went on about his business. About a half hour later she found him and said, "Grandaddy, I looked at every one of those plants, there isn't a single sweet potato out there."

He said, "I dug some yesterday, there are plenty."

She said, "Dug?"

-- Posted by dmcg on Wed, Sep 17, 2008, at 9:33 PM

I got another one... for more than 30 years my father was determined that peanuts grew on trees, like walnuts.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Thu, Sep 18, 2008, at 7:06 AM

As the children are removed from the actual growing of things, it is not surprising that they don't know how things grow. They come from the grocery store. You would think the potato on the end of sweet would have given a hint, but maybe those are a mystery as well.

Nuts belong on trees. I am with your father craftin-mom. Just 'cause someone planted 'em upside down, it still should be on trees.

Maybe the fault is in the person who named it. If they had called it a 'dirt nut', or 'contra nut' we might be able to accept it.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Sep 18, 2008, at 8:35 AM

Speaking of nuts that won't be found where they're expected to be,I'm going to have to miss tonight's meeting.

Y'all have a great time,take an extra trip to the buffet for me and take notes about all you learn.

I'll see you later.

Have a great weekend and a happy holiday.

(What holiday,you ask?)

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Arrrrrrrrhhhhh!!!

-- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Sep 19, 2008, at 4:39 PM

Arrrrhhh to you Matey. I have two give-away books tonight. One appropriately on Chinese vegetable growing. (Should have had that with me when I picked that winter melon)

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Sep 19, 2008, at 5:07 PM

I'm standing in the yard in my leather helmet, jacket, goggles, jodphurs and silk scarf waiting for the plane!

Hope you have a wonderful meeting.

-- Posted by dmcg on Fri, Sep 19, 2008, at 6:38 PM

http://www466.pair.com/mringo/wp-content...

Ready to take on sky pirates in their sinister zeppelins?

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sat, Sep 20, 2008, at 5:06 AM

No, just waiting for my ride to the meeting.

-- Posted by dmcg on Sat, Sep 20, 2008, at 6:54 AM

Darn, I forgot to swing by. The air turbulence over.... Hey wait a minute, you never told me where you were, so I'm off the hook.

We had a disappointing turn-out last night. Just a few of us die-hards. We decided not to do the drawing but Barbara borrowed one of them with the PROMISE she will return it to give away in two weeks.

We also swapped some seed and plants. The indoor season is coming up, so I may bring some more houseplants next time.

Because of the economy, we discussed the old victory garden concept and mused about doing a couple of presentations for those considering gardens to supplement their budget next year. Some did it this year, but the next one is shaping up to be a bumpy one.

Any feedback on that?????

We also discussed moving the meetings to another location. No problems with this one, we just thought a change of pace might bring in some new faces.

We had someone early in the year suggest a canning presentation, but we have not seen them in a LONG time (Mary) so .....

What suggestions do we have?

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Sep 20, 2008, at 8:55 AM

Boy, I can hear a pin drop! NO SUGGESTIONS or comments?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 8:06 AM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.