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Friday, July 15, 2011

"Volunteers"

Been an unusual gardening year for us. We dug up a new garden plot and things aren't doing so well. My flowers are OK, but my vegetable garden is struggling to survive. Maybe it's because we got things in so late,  maybe it's the lack of rain, or because of that hot spell we had in May (and continue to have) Probably a combination of all of the above.

Surprisingly I have a few "volunteers" that are doing quite well. Still trying to figure out where they came from, but I think the culprit is the compost. We have been trying to compost for about a year and a half now, kind of a new thing for me.  I'm wondering, did I miss a step, should I have waited longer before I used it, are you supposed to avoid putting anything with seeds in the bin or is this just something that happens?



This is one of my "volunteers" that came up in my flower bed. We had an old candelabra we found at a yard sale that we are using to "stake' it
                      

 We know it's some type of melon


This one grew up around my clementis. I have no clue as to what this is. Any ideas? The leaves are large but nothing has set.


In our area of the country you do have time for a second planting of some veggies for a  fall harvest, so I will have another opportunity. I will have to admit though, I have enjoyed watching the mystery plants grow and bloom. We could have pulled them when they first started (maybe that's what your supposed to do) but they are green and kind of pretty and add just the right touch to my eclectic garden.

3 comments:

Debbie said...

We once had an enormous yellow squash volunteer in the middle of a brick paver patio area. Oddest thing!

I wonder what the melon will be.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh how fun...my garden didn't transport very well, then the heat, so planning on a fall garden. I do have a couple of mystery plants in my new garden beds at this house and I am watching to see what they become...if the heat doesn't get them

Enjoy!

Farm Girl said...

thank you so much for being my newest follower. Your garden is beautiful and I like all of your volunteers. I love the title of your blog and that is one of my favorite hymns. I sing it when ever life has thrown me a curve ball and I am trying to listen and obey God. It sound like God has done that to you too, but I am so glad you can say, " It it well." I look forward to reading more of your thoughts.
Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello.