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Unique or unusual vegetables have a place in any garden

Cucamelons look like miniature watermelons
Cucamelons look like miniature watermelons
poppet with a camera/ flickr

Those of you who know me know that gardening is as much about beautiful plants as it is about growing fresh veggies for my family. I like to grow new things and try out new varieties in my garden. I wanted to share with you a couple of unique and unusual veggies I intend to try this year.

White Cucumbers: Yes, you heard me right. I decided to try my hand at growing some white cucumbers. These beauties look rather like a cross between a pickling and a slicing cucumber, at least that’s what they look like in the photos in seed catalogs. I plan to grow them on a trellis so the fruits are visible and add interest to my garden.

Cucamelons: These darling little cukes are actually Mexican gherkins that look like miniature watermelons on the vine. I’m told they are crisp and crunchy with a hint of sour lime. I’m not sure what to expect from these, but if they look anything like the photos in seed catalogs, they are sure to be a conversation starter. I’ll do these on a trellis too, to show off these miniature watermelons to anyone who stops by to visit my garden.

Red Lightening Tomatoes: I found these tomato seeds on Burpee and simply couldn’t resist them. These striking tomatoes look like they are alive with flames with their red and orange markings. My only concern is that they take 82 days to mature, which is a bit late for gardens here in Maine. I’ll probably grow these near the house so I can give them plenty of TLC.

Malabar Spinach: I read about this spinach last year and decided to give it a try – just for the fun of it. It grows on a red vine and produces tender new leaves all summer long. I have visions of Malabar red stemmed spinach twining its way to the heavens in my garden this summer.

Do you have suggestions of unique or unusual veggies for the garden? I’d love to hear from you!