Mexican Sour Gherkin Seeds
Compared to everything from mini-melons to cucumbers to fava beans, the Mexican Sour Gherkin (Melothria scabra) is a small heirloom vegetable that lends itself to salads, stir fries and pickle crocks.
Grow the small gems as you would cucumbers -- with a support for the vigorous vines as well as full sun and fertile soil. Seeds may be either started indoors or directly in the garden when the soil is warm enough. Gardeners in warmer, Mediterranean climates can often skip the extra work of raising Mexican sour gherkin seedlings by direct-seeding the intriguing veggies in April or May.
Direct-seed Mexican sour gherkins into a garden bed to which a 3-inch layer of compost has been tilled into the ground. Sow about six seeds in groups, or circles, that are 12 inches apart. Within each circle, plant the seeds about 2 inches from one another. Sow at the depth recommended on the seed packet -- generally about 1 inch. Water the ground lightly. Thin seedlings to 12 inches apart when they are 4 inches tall. Choose the strongest-looking seedling and cut the rest to the ground with garden scissors. Water the vines at least once a week, checking between watering sessions to ensure the ground is moist to a depth of at least 3 inches.