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Ozark
Ozark, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 4, 2014
2:12 PM

Post #9859057

a.k.a. Mexican Sour Gherkins, (Melothria scabra). How about your West Indian Burr Gherkins (Cucumis anguria)? No? I didn't think so. :>)

Besides those two I'm growing the 'real' cucumbers Japanese Long, Levina F1, Beit Alpha, and Miniature White. The sweet pepper varieties I'm growing are Carmen, Jimmy Nardello, Yummy Orange, Slonovo Uho, and Ljubov Dlan. Mild hot peppers are TAM Jalapeno and Pepperoncini, and my hot one of course is Maui Purple Pepper.

I'm looking forward to making some real interesting PICKLES later this season!

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jmc1987
Cascade, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 4, 2014
6:08 PM

Post #9859284

ive always thought those are the neatest things.

I myself am growing lemon cucumber and a short green pickling cucumber whos name escapes my recollection right now, lol.

and my peppers consist of 4 banana pepper plants, one of which is starting to fruit. Photos tomorrow, as it is too dark outside right now ;)
Ozark
Ozark, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 23, 2014
6:09 PM

Post #9875636

It's a little hard to see that this is a 16-foot wire cattle panel, bent into an arch. West Indian Burr Gherkins are growing up the near leg, and Mexican Sour Gherkins (aka Mouse Melons) are growing up the far side. They're in a race to the top with the Mouse Melons ahead at this point.

I think I'll soon have some shade to take breaks under, and the fruits of those two are going to be spending a lot of time together - in pickle jars!

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terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2014
10:24 AM

Post #9884537

Ozark, my Burr Gherkins are not as far along as yours as I planted late due to vacation. But my growing season lasts longer than yours so I think it will work out! I just side dressed them last night. I couldn't make up my mind what to use so I just went with a 10 10 10. Very light side dressing. It is raining today so for once I fertilized in a timely fashion!
Ozark
Ozark, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 3, 2014
8:05 PM

Post #9885063

The Mouse Melons have climbed to the top of the arch from their side, but the Burr Gherkins aren't climbing so well. I tied them up, trying to get the vines pointed in the right direction.

My Burr Gherkins are doing fine, growing lush and thick, but they're a lot like watermelon vines - they like to spread more than climb.
Ozark
Ozark, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 25, 2014
4:58 PM

Post #9903095

The Burr Gherkins and Mouse Melons have met at the top of the arch now, so I've got a shady spot in which to take a break in the garden. I'm starting to harvest some of both, and I can tell that production is just getting started. They're shown in the center of this picture, surrounded by Miniature White and some other cucumber varieties. Canning lots of mixed-variety pickles these days.

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jmc1987

jmc1987
Cascade, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 25, 2014
5:28 PM

Post #9903109

you will have to show us the photos after they are all pickled together, looks like it would be fun and colorful, i imagine that those mouse melons could be pickled whole?
Ozark
Ozark, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 25, 2014
7:00 PM

Post #9903176

"i imagine that those mouse melons could be pickled whole?"
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Yes, they're less than 1" long so there's no need to slice them. They have a very thin skin, so they don't need to be peeled either. Eaten raw off the vines, they have a pleasant crunchy texture and a sort-of (but not quite) cucumber flavor. I haven't tasted any pickled ones yet, but I think they'll pickle well.

Neither West Indian Burr Gherkins nor Mexican Sour Gherkins (mouse melons) are actually cucumbers, and they're not bothered by the fungus diseases that are attacking the foliage of my cucumber vines now. I like that.

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