I haven't had much success with tomatoes in my garden in the past few years, but last spring we had our huge tulip tree removed, which means the garden gets more sun. Discouraged by my past failure, I did not attempt to grow any tomatoes this year. Apparently some of the compost I used this year was immature, because my garden is full of 'volunteers.' While I would have liked to get a harvest from the seeds I actually planted (melons, okra, gherkins, luffa), figuring out what all these volunteers are is entertaining in its own right.
This plant has clusters of heart-shaped tomatoes, about two inches in diameter. I'm still waiting for them to turn red. This article gives me hope that they will turn red, after the smoke clears and the temperature drops a bit (how many days of 100-degree weather have we had so far in August?!).
Oh, look! This little cherry tomato is ripening!
We have one cherry tomato plant with lots of tomatoes on it, two plants with what I would call medium-sized tomatoes, and a couple stunted plants that sprouted in an area that is not getting enough water or sun.
baby watermelon, a Bidwell casaba, and a cantaloupe, but that area of the garden seems to be overrun with the 'volunteer' plants: a couple varieties of zucchini, a cucumber vine, and the stunted tomato plants. This is the only melon I've found under all the leaves, and I don't know what it is, do you? I'm eager to cut into it, but I'm waiting, because, being the only melon in the garden, I want it to be ripe.
Chives, sweet alyssum and garlic chives. (Not volunteers.)
I first planted these chives two years ago. I planted the garlic chives last year and they've faithfully produced since then. What a great cut-and-come-again herb!
A friend of mine gave me some quinoa seeds. Due to limited space, I have 2-3 good-sized plants (about six feet tall). My understanding is that we wait while those green grains mature and dry a bit, then we harvest some quinoa!
- 9 slicing cucumbers of various sizes
- 1 handful of purple podded beans
- 1 West Indian Burr Gherkin -I planted at least six of these seeds, but, being in the area overrun with volunteers, I only got one plant. It's producing well, but probably not enough for a batch of pickles. The girls and I like them straight off the vine. They are crisp, spiky and just a little lemony.
- 3 green podded peas that I found hiding under the zucchini foliage.
- 3 zucchini picked while still small and sweet
- 3 pickling cucumbers, all of which managed to get bigger than I would like for pickling.