Homegrown watermelons

As a contrast to last time’s snow post I thought it would be fun to show you my watermelons that I planted and grew last year. The plants were planted in large pots on the terrace and I pollinated the flowers with a small brush. Both varieties seen on the photos, Sweet Sibirian and Cream of Saskatchewan were supposed to have a final weight of 4.5 kg but ended up very small yet still extremely tasty. It’s quite unusual to grow watermelons in Sweden, especially if you don’t have any greenhouse. It’s hard to say if it was worth the effort since the harvest only resulted in 4-5 tiny watermelons but it was indeed a treat to eat them.

17 Responses to “Homegrown watermelons”

  1. No Onion Please
    February 16th, 2010 01:08

    Wow. Never thought it’s possible to grow those in Scandinavia! I’m pretty amazed, congrats :) A pity there were so few of them, otherwise I guess it would be an interesting idea to try to pickle them :)

  2. Ed Schenk
    February 16th, 2010 01:21

    Anything you grow,or make, yourself is special.

  3. Chezsofia
    February 16th, 2010 08:46

    Wow they’re so tiny and cute! It really must have been a treat both to pick and to eat them.

  4. LindaMary
    February 16th, 2010 11:18

    Awh! They’re adorable! How did they taste, were they sweeter as they were smaller?

  5. simona
    February 16th, 2010 13:14

    wow, wonderful colors!

  6. Karen Anne
    February 17th, 2010 13:42

    Those are sooo cute ;-)

  7. Daga
    February 18th, 2010 22:23

    Maybe you need to inflate them before eating or is the Siberian population rather short? :-)

  8. Maria
    February 19th, 2010 13:48

    Hello!! I follow your website for a long time, but I never had written you, and today it’s my first day!! I’m Maria from Barcelona, and I have to tell you I just love your recipes!!! Congrats!!!
    Your fruits are soo tiny and cute, I’m sure their flavour are so concentrated!!!!

  9. Michael
    February 21st, 2010 00:50

    wow, you should be like a hand model or something ! lol (how’s that for an off-topic comment :p)

  10. Nicolettta
    February 21st, 2010 21:23

    What a beautiful blog with GREAT photos. I added you to my faves. Ciao!

  11. pity
    February 22nd, 2010 17:30

    they’re so cute, i wish i could grown those here in london, cheers

  12. Dagmar
    February 22nd, 2010 22:20

    No Onion Please: You’re absolutely right. I had to few of them to pickle them.

    Ed: It’s almost like magic!

    Chezsofia: It was indeed a treat!

    LindaMary: They were sweet but not overly sweet.

    Simona: Thanks!

    Karen Anne: It’s a pity they were so few.

    Daga: LOL. Maybe you’re right :-)

    Maria: Hi! Thank you very much!!!!!

    Michael: LOL. That’s actually my husband’s hand :-) :-)

    Nicoletta: Welcome! Thank you!!

    pity: If you have a sunny spot you could definitly try it out!

  13. Pille
    February 23rd, 2010 09:02

    Cool :) I grew something called “SugarBaby” two years ago – got 2 fully ripe lovely watermelons!!! Glad to read there are some other “mini” varieties around!

  14. June
    February 24th, 2010 00:58

    How cute!

    I would say that it’s even pretty brave to grow melons in Sweden! I’m not totally sure, but I think Germany is a tiny bit warmer than Sweden and I didn’t ever had seen someone growing watermelons here in Germany in my entire life. :D

  15. Michael
    February 25th, 2010 16:01

    lol he has feminine hands :D I bet he works in an office rahter than construction lmao !! tell him to go do hand modeling instead !

  16. Yasemins kök
    March 1st, 2010 12:06

    Ohh they are really cute ones. :)

    I wonder though how they tasted when they are so small?

  17. Michael
    June 4th, 2010 15:55

    This just encourages me to get my gardening going.

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