Monday, 21 July 2014

When’s a Cucamelon Ready?

I thought that the Met Office had all the bases covered for Sunday’s weather, cloud, rain, thunderstorms, and maybe an odd sunny spell. Fortunately for us they hadn't covered a nice summer’s day which it turned out to be with the mid afternoon temperature reaching a very pleasant 24.5°C.

I thought I'd start the week off on a positive note and what I'd like to think of as the exotics growing in our home greenhouse are doing well.
This will be our first ever cucamelon. I’m not sure how much bigger I should let it grow before we sample it but at its current size there will only be a tiny morsel shared between two.
Our “Himrod” grape vine never seems to let us down and this year is proving to be no exception. So far this summer I have just about managed to keep it in check by cutting back the new shoots to prevent them taking over the greenhouse. We'll have to wait a few more weeks before the grapes fully develop their lovely sweet flavour.

On the other hand our “Brown Turkey” fig growing just inside the doorway of the greenhouse now has some figs ready to pick.
Whilst growing your own has a few setbacks now and again it also has its upsides like picking your own figs and grapes.

I’ll let you know how that cucamelon tastes as soon as it’s given the taste test.


  1. Lovely fruit. I have grapes and figs outside but they're nowhere near as advanced as yours. The benefits of a greenhouse! I'll look forward to hearing what you and Sue think of the cucamelon.

    1. Freshly picked figs in our fruit salad tonight.


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