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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Yup, we have a garden club meeting TONIGHT. Bring your folks in from out of town for the 4th!

Posted Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at 5:22 PM
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  • I'm off to pick some blueberries but before I go I better check the ole' fig tree (bush) again. These guys seem to ripen in the heat real fast.

    I kept wondering what this dainty little vine I had growing between some corn stalks. I planted it, but forgot from where it came until my brain cells finally stepped up and reminded me. Our daughter had given me two plants of what a Mouse Melon.

    Well actually, she called it a Mexican sour gherkin ... or cucamelon. Apparently it is not new, just new to us. It seems to have been "officially" described around 1866 but has been documented as a staple of pre-Columbian Central America. That is even before MY time.

    Here is a pretty interesting article. http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/mouse-melons.aspx#axzz2XtxcaPZW Mine have not started to flower yet, but the vines are growing well and Ii look forward to the new experience.

    That reminds me one reason I think I enjoy gardening, the new experience of finding ripe veggies and fruit among the leaves. It is kind of like an Easter egg hunt every day.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jul 2, 2013, at 5:34 PM
  • Sure could use a good rain. Got a teaser this morning but a good inch would be nice. Not all at one time but....

    Each time I visit the garden on bug patrol I notice and appreciate the water gathering capability of the non-vining squash plants. The leaves capture moisture (including morning dew) and channel it toward the leaf stem, which in turn channels it down to the center of the plant.

    Even though we have not had rain for maybe 10 days, the base of those plants are always dark with moisture. The other plants must absorb water through their leaves.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jul 3, 2013, at 3:20 PM
  • Better watch what I ask for

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jul 5, 2013, at 6:50 PM
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