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    Default shark fin melon seeds

    I was watching the Grow Your Own movie DVD and I am interested in the shark fin melon that was mentioned in the film and they were able to make soup from it. Does anyone know of where I can obtain shark fin melon seeds in the UK?
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    I believe it's also called Chilacayote.

    I've never used this site but there's someone here offering some as a swap:

    Seedy People, the seed swap web site for vegetable, herb and flower growers in the UK

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    thanks for the reply. I've e-mailled the person who's swapping the seeds and I'm waiting for a reply. I did try looking in different seed catalogues for the shark fin melon, but they did not appear to stock the seeds.

    Have you any other ideas for unusual veg or fruit that would grow well on an allotment plot?

    donald

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    I'm not an expert at all (only in my second year growing) but Real Seeds have some good stuff that's more unusual, plus they trial everything themselves, so it's not so much 'pot luck':

    Great Vegetable Seeds from The Real Seed Catalogue

    I'm having a go at oca and ulluco this year, plus exploding cucumbers!

    I'd also recommend this book:

    Amazon.co.uk: Growing Unusual Vegetables: Weird and Wonderful Vegetables and How to Grow Them: Books: Simon Hickmott

    and this website:

    Plants For A Future - 7000 useful plants

    If you let us know where in the country you are, someone local to you might have more idea of what should grow successfully in your area.

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    Default what sort of veg grows well in west midlands???

    Thanks for the useful info. I'll take a look at those web sites soon.

    I live in the west midlands and some of my plot soil condition is not too good. I'm trying to improve the condition of the soil, but I have a lot of clay (just over a spade deep), so it can get rather water-logged with exceptional wet weather.

    any suggestions for the type of veg that could grow in these conditions would be most appreciated!

    Alan

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    I think that spuds do well enough in those conditions - and brassicas - suggest that you add as muck as you can (let the worms incorporate it for you!) and it'll gradually inprove in time.

    If you go into your user cp (top left on the green bar) and put your approx location in the location bit it will help peeps on here to give you more tailored advice for your area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donald View Post
    thanks for the reply. I've e-mailled the person who's swapping the seeds and I'm waiting for a reply. I did try looking in different seed catalogues for the shark fin melon, but they did not appear to stock the seeds.

    Have you any other ideas for unusual veg or fruit that would grow well on an allotment plot?

    donald

    Hi Donald

    Did you manage to get some shark fin melon seeds?
    If you didnt then I can let you have some if you pm me your address.

    Cheers Chris

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    I'm not sure, but I think I might have a shark fin melon in my garden. I was given a pumpkin plant that was supposed to be one of the normal orange variety used at halloween but instead I have a green monster! It grows at an alarming rate and at the moment I have two massive fruits on it plus at least a dozen smaller ones. It has taken over my pumpkin patch and spreads at least 15ft in each direction! It is climbing up a hedge and over garden benches - there's no stopping it! Here's a pic - can someone confirm if it is, in fact, a shark fin, please?


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