Wednesday, April 15, 2015

M is for Melons

I'm absolutely stubborn about trying to grow melons, but I've never had really good success.  Two years ago I grew some absolutely beautiful Delice de la Table melons, but the taste was blah... so I didn't even try last year. My husband thinks its our soil.

But here I am again, giving it another try, but only because I got a free packet of the seeds with a seed order with Baker Creek Heirloom seeds.  I mean, free! I think it was a sign! Ha!  These are Ananas D'Amerique A Chair Verte Melons (sounds fancy, right?)  According to the website, these were grown by Thomas Jefferson in 1794 (at Monticello, I'm guessing?)

Here's how they look right now....

There are about 14 of these little plants, but as soon as they put out the next set of leaves, I'll be thinning out about 1/2 of them to give the others room to grow, then mulching them.  Here's what they look like in the catalog (image from  Now I just have to wait, 75 to 90 days!


  1. I have tried for years to grow melons, but only watermelon and cantaloupe. Never, once have I gotten anything edible. Maybe it's the climate? I'm in Denver - I know they grow melons out on the Colorado plains though. Perhaps I was simply born without the melon gene.

    Anyhow, best of luck to you in this endeavor!

  2. I love melons, and I had fun trying to grow them as a kid.

    Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy

  3. May this be the year your watermelons surprise and delight you!

  4. The best melons we every grew were volunteers from our compost pile. If things don't work out this year, you might give it a try next year. :)