Wednesday, June 22, 2011

{Garden} Volunteers

Weeding is monotonous and often frustrating work.  Hot, bent over and sticky I have been known to insist to myself that I pulled that exact same weed from the exact same spot- even when I am very careful to pull weed and root.  Other than the joy of seeing a portion of the garden (or on rare occasion, an entire garden) weeded, it brightens my day when I come across a volunteer- a vegetable or flower (not a weed) that has come up on it's own.  I don't mind at all that it may not be in it's rightful place.

I'm just thrilled that it's not a weed.

 Stevia among strawberries.

 Garlic among green beans.

 Lettuce among carrots.

 Tomato along the path.

 Strawberries among onions.

Strawberries among tomatoes.

Now, if I could just get all the weeds to crop up somewhere else....  Oh, well.  A girl can dream, can't she?
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  1. Hey, your veggies are doing their own companion planting! Carrots love lettuce and strawberries and onions help each other. But, whoops, strawberries are said to inhibit the growth of tomatoes. Your tomatoes might appreciate it if you quietly transplanted those little strawberry up-starts?

  2. I wonder if the garlic with strawberries will make an interesting 'flavour' of strawberries!

  3. How much fun is that? Finding little "gifts" here and there!

  4. What an adventure! The first 3 combinations make me think of strawberry shortcake, green bean casserole, and tossed salad! We have a butternut squash and a pumpkin that have sprouted and now spread through our garden walkways. We're thinking a couple of seeds survived in our compost that we spread over the garden beds this year. The neighbor children think it's a hoot!

  5. I know what you mean about the hot and stickiness of gardening. My husband always plants way too big of a garden and then turns it over to me. It's quite a job in our Alabama heat. This year I planted a square foot garden and another raised-bed garden and am already amazed at the amount of vegetables I'm getting from them!

    I just found your beautiful blog this morning through a Square foot garden site. I've enjoyed my visit to your wonderful garden very much!

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine


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