Maya's Magical Melons
Over A hundred years ago, a new watermelon was introduced to American Gardeners. They thought the markings resembled a star filled sky and it was very sweet and appetizing. They called it Stars and Moon. Grown by the Cherokee and Amish people, the seeds were available in catalogs through the 1920's.
In the mid 1970's a man named Kent Whealy began to search for the Melon. He thought it was extinct, until he mentioned it on a TV show in 1980. A farmer in Missouri contacted Whealy and said that he grew it and offered him some seeds. In 1982, Mother Earth News took pictures at the Missouri farm, ran a story and twenty years later this fancy melon is one of the Seed Savers Exchange top selling heirlooms!
Over twenty four seed companies carry the seed now. We got ours from Mizz Tizzy's Weeds and Seeds on Etsy. We planted them in February, brought them in during cold snaps and transplanted them into the garden in March. It's the end of May now and we think we'll be tasting them soon. See the picks. Those are just beginnings of baby watermelons just starting to grow!
Created by Maya.