Heirloom Veggies

When my sister and I were younger, my dad brought home the most amazing watermelon ever! Perfect in every way, this watermelon was sweet, juicy, and perfectly ripe. The three of us gobbled this watermelon up, but Mom wouldn’t touch it. This perfect watermelon had “abnormal” yellow-flesh.
I never forgot that watermelon and so when I was married and planning my own garden, I looked for yellow-fleshed watermelon seeds. A whole colorful world of heirloom seeds was opened to me in one google search. Tomatoes in red, yellow, pink, purple, white, and even striped ones! Watermelons with red, orange, yellow, and white flesh. Eggplants came in orange. And there were millions of vegetable varieties only available to those who would grow them at home. My garden has been “abnormal” ever since and there is little hope that it will ever be again!

Here’s a little sampler of what’s maturing in my tiny plot this year:

Purple Queen Green Beans (these turn green when cooked!)

California Wonder Pepper

Lilac Pepper

Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter Tomato

And a volunteer sunflower that makes me smile (even if most of my tomatoes are rivaling it’s four foot height!)