You may wonder why it has taken me well over a year to write this post. The reason is really hard to describe. After looking for a striped cucumber called the Meloncella Faciata (banded watermelon or banded carosello in the local dialect) I thought that I had found what I was looking for back in 2018. However, after finding the taste and texture to not be what I was thinking, it took season of looking until I found the Striped Carosello Leccese. This was a variety I had been looking to acquire for at least 6 years before I found it.
|Second Crop of Striped Carosello Leccese
|July 20th, 2019 - Putting out Transplants
|August 8th - fruit shows color when grown in direct sun
Having grown this plant to seed previously, I knew it better the second time. Instead of worrying if it would turn out okay, I went out just to look at it and enjoy. Sure, I knew that starting plants in mid-August may not result in harvestable seed, but this was more than about the seed – now I was growing for the sheer pleasure of growing something that I love.
|Critters eating the carosello from below weaken the fruit - which then rots.
|September 23rd, powdery mildew
|September 24th, after sitting in chlorinated pool.
Your Friend in Gardening,-Jay