Those of you who read the saga of the Hokkaido watermelon last summer may remember this blog post where I joked about the Hokkaido meeting the vine of the Marina di Chioggia I had also planted: http://gardenstotables.com/the-garden-blog/Hokkaido-Watermelon-Meets-Italian-Melon.htm and this photo of the moment when they did.
Well, in what was probably the most mind-blowing thing I learned at the organic gardening workshop I did up at Esalen a few weeks ago, I learned that because the vines met, the seeds I harvested from the Hokkaido and the Marina di Chioggia are no longer pure heirloom seeds but hybrids. In other words, there's now a little of the Hokkaido's DNA in the Marina di Chioggia and vice versa.
I'll wait a moment while the little explosion goes off in your brain the way it did in mine when you realize that just by touching the two crops essentially had sex and now who KNOWS what their offspring will be like. Okay, so the science is a LITTLE more complicated but still pretty cool, right? To make this year even more interesting, I've planted a seedling I cultivated from a Cantalupo di Charentais seed right next to one from the Hokkaido (see bottom of this photo). They'll all most likely cross vines at some point so, assuming I harvest seeds again (and I will) next year could be even more wacky -- creating a super Japanese-Italian-French melon hybrid. Booohahahahaha. (That's my evil laugh.)