Front Bed Mystery Fruit – I Have Reached a Verdict!

So do you remember me talking about this mysterious crop plant in my front yard garden bed? Well to recap, I thought they were okra, but this app I downloaded on a trial basis read them as watermelons. That was exciting….I didn’t think something like that could flourish in that space, but….

So the mystery plant in m y front yard bed is not actually watermelons….

I didn’t realize it at the time, because…

They were many of them….all over the place. Probably about 50-80 of these little softball-sized fruits. Since melons get so big, I think the laws of Darwninism would only allow a small handful to get big so as not to consume all the plant’s energy and soil nutrients.

After a few weeks of keeping my eye on them, they stayed the size of softballs…no additional growth.

I started to check it out more. I harvested a small handful of them…Here’s a closeup of some of them:

And then I finally decided to cut one of them open. And this was the result.  It’s not watermelon, it’s either squash or some type of cucumber. Notice how the seeds are distributed.

I knew it wasn’t squash, because squash has a totally opaque center. This is semi transparent. Which indicates lots of water. What other crop plant has a high water content? Cucumbers!!

Then I sliced a piece off and tasted it. 

Yep, it checked out…It tasted kind of bland and the seeds were crunchy, too. Not too much like my cukes which was my most abundant crop this year. (and now we’ve got even more…)

 

Well, the honest truth is…If I haven” mentioned already, my neighbor across the street (who gave me the plants in the first place) is from Brazil, and when he saw them, he called them “squashes” so I take it this is an exotic type of squash native to South America. Interesting that in Georgia, our soil and growing conditions must not be that different, as this thing has taken off like a rocket. 

I guess I’m a little disappointed, as I was kinda, sorta hoping I’d get to see my first watermelon on the vine But that’s the fun of gardening…not being able to identify something and finding something you least expect,

…However, I need to add something. A few weeks later I decided to uproot the whole thing, as the vines had sprawled out to the point that they were covering the water main and smothering my other plants. I’m telling you, this thing is a beast. But worse yet, I’ve been getting a rash, and I have to attribute it to this plant…Cucumber and squash plants are kind of spiny, but they don’t cause me to break out like that. Tsk, tsk…

So that was that. I still have accumulated a ton of these…they’ve all gone to seed, anyway, so I’ve been feeding the to my hens.

Also – ditch the apps! They’re not always accurate. You’re welcome.

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