Carolyn…my cucumbers and melons cross pollinated…so, cumelons or melumbers?

Aug 17, 2009

Even us horticulturists get sloppy in the garden. Ok, we're probably the worst. So I planted some 'Lambkin' melons in a spot that happened to be near some Armenian burpless cucumbers I'd seeded. In my defense I'd forgotten I'd seed the cucumbers there. Well...I've ended up with some interesting, ehem, hybrids. My friend Carolyn, a gardener and artist, drew such a fab little comic about me, my garden and my cross pollinating squash and zucchini. I'll have to find it and scan it. That was back in the early 90's. Guess I still haven't learned my lesson. LOL

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They had the most lovely fragrance of both melon and cucumber. This might actually be a good combo! Not enough flesh for me to actually eat so I gave them to the chickens. They scarfed them down to the rind. Glad someone enjoyed them!

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Aug 17, 2009
1:28 pm

That really does sound like an interesting combination. Growing up in California, my father once made the mistake of planting garlic around the base of some orange trees. He ended up with some mellow, vaugely orangey garlic—-and some frightening garlic flavored oranges!

Aug 21, 2009
8:27 pm

Hee hee! Sadly, I’m not sure I still have a copy of that old Food Flub comic so I’d like to see it again if you get time to scan it.  Nice that your chicks enjoyed the kooky cukes.

Keith Wilson
Sep 28, 2009
9:56 am

I live in North Wales U.K. I have just picked a cucumber which is growing next to a melon plant. When I cut into the cucumber the flesh resembles a melon and it is sweet with a melony taste.

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