A certain planter in our backyard that has become the catch-all for a number of seed planting experiments.  At different times the kids have helped sow various kinds of seeds, those from fruit we ate, a packet of wildflower seeds, tiny sunflower sprouts from last year’s Kindergarten class, an avocado pit, and any that otherwise seemed to have growing potential.  Mostly these experiments have been short-lived, or nothing grew at all.  One wildflower with spiky red flowers has taken over the pot, along with a stubborn tuft of grass (had to take the clippers to it because it was so well-rooted), and most recently, a lacy-leafed vine with yellow flowers has begun curling over the edges of the planter to the ground.

A few days ago I heard our 4 year old yelling to me from the backyard “Mom!  There is something here and we don’t know what it is!  Come look!  Mom!”  So I went, and here is the “green guy” they found:

the mystery fruit of the vine

the mystery fruit of the vine

Here is what the vine looks like, with the yellow flowers:

yellow flowers, lacy leaves

yellow flowers, lacy leaves

and the planter…October 005

There are a number of smaller squash/melon buds appearing on this sprawling vine, so soon we may have a real crop on our hands.  This mystery “fruit” is very exciting to the young seed-planters of the house–especially since our white pumpkin patch gave up the ghost to some kind of powdery white fungus, and never yielded a thing.

Can you help us solve our mystery?  If not, we may just have to wait and be surprised as these green guys grow and change color and shape in the coming weeks.  Then, if they’re edible, we’ll let you know!

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