It was a toss up between Prescott Fond Blanc and Van Doren Moon & Stars, and I chose this one simply because I love a sweet orange fleshed melon. I ended up planting this a bit late, which meant I had less than the 95 day season. Direct sowed in warm soil, we had a shorter growing season in 2016 and an early frost. These were so pretty to watch grow in my allotment, and even though I had to pick them very early, the fruit could fit nicely in my cupped hands together, they were delicious. I have a hell of a time finding a good tasting cantaloupe melon here in Colorado. I don’t know what it is, but even melons from the farmer’s market are disappointing. They’re not sweet or are tough and tasteless, or are entire mush and overwhelming and stringy. So I grew my own! If I give these an earlier start, I would grow them again in a heartbeat. I think they would be lovely to see growing up a pergola, instead of in the dirt where you have to really get down to see the developing fruit—they’re beautiful. I saved all the seeds I could from them and would love to share with you if you reach out! USDA organic seeds were purchased from seed savers exchange in early 2016 for 2016.
I took over a perennial bed at our community garden that had a nice patch of raspberries, but they never seemed to produce much. And even if they did produce the raspberries were gone by the time I got to the garden to harvest them—ah the complexities of community gardening in the city. Regardless of juicy little raspberries to pop in my mouth, I always have a bounty of raspberry leaves to dry for tea. Raspberry leaf makes such a great herbal tisane (tisane is the proper term for an herbal tea since “tea” is the Camellia sinensis leaf) Raspberry leaves are a uterine relaxant and I used the leaves I grew during both pregnancies in the third trimester. And in the herbal tisanes that I sold for my botanical business. Raspberry leaves also contain magnesium and zinc. Here is a link for a complete breakdown of the constituents of raspberry leaf.
I have 3 different strawberries in my garden, and I have no idea what type they are. They range from tiny and delicious to giant and red and bursting with flavor. My family loves strawberries, and I’ve found cell packs at echter’s garden nursery in Aurora and Paulino Gardens in Denver. For 2018 I am starting strawberries from seed, which I have never done before. My husband wants a nice big strawberry patch.
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