Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador. On Twitter as @MatronsVeggies

Monday, August 04, 2014

A Volunteer Please!

 A Volunteer in the gardening sense is a plant which grows of its own accord.  Stray seeds overwinter in the soil (or a crack in the patio!) and without any help from us it wants to grow. This tomato is from a dropped tomato last year which fell between the cracks, quite literally!
 Parsley is well known as one of the seeds which is most difficult to germinate - which makes is presence between the cracks in the shady corner of my patio more fascinating.
 But this week I noticed some kind of squash or pumpkin growing on the patio! It won't come to anything but it just seems to have found a little moisture in the moss and dog hair!
 or how about this potato growing out of the kitchen compost bin?
There's even a tomato growing in my tomato patch!  Just amazing when you consider these seeds have been overwintered in the soil during Winter and just find their own way in life.


At 11:45 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I love the fact you have dog hair in your cracks as well. We have a longish haired German Shepherd who moults twice a year for six months at a time x

At 2:45 AM, Blogger My Veggie Garden said...

I love volunteers.

At 4:09 AM, Blogger Tira said...

Some of my best harvests are from volunteer plants, mostly from the compost.

At 7:56 PM, Blogger Kelli said...

Its funny to see what pops up. You've quite a few little volunteers.

At 9:26 AM, Blogger l.wilks11 said...

Wow what a great plot! i am also a keen veg grower and have just started blogging maybe you would take a peep sometime.....xx


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