I have a large mulch pile where I throw a lot of stuff over the course of the seasons. I usually turn it over a number of times throughout the year with the tractor. This year there were recognizable plants growing in the spring so I just left it.
There are now potatoes in blossom and the biggest squash plant I have ever grown. I think it is actually a long pie pumpkin. There were blossoms in profusion (and still are) earlier in the summer but no fruit. Yesterday I took a closer look and there it was. Looks like a giant zucchini but will ripen off of the vine to a wonderful, orange, thick skinned pumpkin. An excellent keeper and awesome pie pumpkin.
Every year there are volunteers in my garden. This year there were potato plants which I expect since I don’t always get all of the potatoes when I dig them. There are also a couple of tomatoes and sunflowers. It always amazes me that something grows, I till the plot multiple times before it’s planted each year.
It’s the mulch pile stuff that always fascinates me. Things that are rotten and intentionally cast off grow and bloom into something more spectacular than is ever grown in the garden. Maybe next year I’ll just toss my seeds over the bank and hope for the best, it certainly is working this year.
4 thoughts on “The Volunteers”
I used compost in my containers this year and found tomato plants coming up in all of them. 🙂
Did you leave them or pull them out?
I pulled them out because I didn’t think the containers could handle all the plants especially when they got bigger. But, we grow schwartzenberries which are a small blue berry somewhat like a blueberry and when they popped up in the containers I left them because I knew they could handle the container and I could pick some more delicious berries. 🙂
Omg, this used to happen to me in Jamestown when I had a compost heap behind our garage. We had everything from cantaloupe to potatoes one year. I never pulled out anything. I believe if it is growing, let it be.