Last year our garden did fairly well. We actually had watermelons! That was the first time I've been able to get them to grow, so I was pretty excited! The variety we grew was called Desert King. They are a yellow heirloom watermelon. They kind of have a mild fruity flavor and pale yellow flesh. We picked several ripe off of the vine, but the rest we had to pick early because a frost was coming, they did seem to ripen okay in the basement.
A slice of Desert King Watermelon.
Seminole Pumpkin from the garden.
We had a ton of these pumpkins! They grew like crazy! The vine tried to take over the whole garden! They had deep orange flesh and very good flavor. They are small 2-4 lb squash, perfect for when you only want to cook a small amount and not have a bunch left over. Or as my sister says "Perfect for when you only want to cook one and have no more than one cooked!" She's not ornery at all........ ;) She likes to help me with my posts!
A bunch of carrots, beets and radishes.
We also had carrots grow last year, too! We usually don't have much luck with carrots, but last year we were able to freeze a few pints for the winter. They're good for getting out of the freezer and plopping into soups for an easy-to-make meal. We grew yellow carrots, red carrots, and orange carrots. In the winter months I like to plan out the garden and take seed inventory. If we are low on a variety of vegetable I always like to flip through seed catalogs and pick out a new kind to try. The yellow carrots are Jaune Obtuse du Doubs (don't ask me how the pronounce it!) and the red carrots are Atomic Red. I think I preferred the yellow carrots over the red carrots, they had a better flavor, though both were good. Unfortunately the carrots haven't sprouted yet this year, they probably need re-planted.
What kinds of vegetables do you like to grow? Do you like to try new varieties each year, or stick to the tried-and-true ones? Anyone have any tips for getting carrot seed to sprout?