GARDENING: The surprising truth about cucamelons

The mini watermelon-shaped cucamelons taste like cucumber with a hint of lime.
The mini watermelon-shaped cucamelons taste like cucumber with a hint of lime.

If you grew cucamelons this year, I bet you weren't expecting these!

They're perennials and produce large, radish-like roots, which you can store like dahlias and start into growth next spring for earlier crops - it also means you miss out on their slow start to life.

The surprising roots of this year's cucamelon crop.

The surprising roots of this year's cucamelon crop.

In autumn, expose the roots to see if they have produced tubers. Store these in slightly moist compost or Vermiculite in a frost-free place during winter.

Plant them up into pots in early to mid-April under glass, then either pot on into large containers in a cool greenhouse.

* For more gardening tips and advice, visit Mandy's website www.mandycanudigit.co.uk