As much as anything, what I love about gardening are the nice surprises — what I call the “Gifts” and “Guests.”
The gifts come from seeds that I didn’t intentionally plant. Since I use open-pollinated seeds, and I save my own seeds from year to year, I’m always allowing a few plants to reach the stage where they can set their own seeds. Invariably, a few of the vegetables don’t get harvested and wind up composting on the ground.Â When I work the ground to plant the following Spring, those seeds get disbursed around the garden.
For instance, below, in yellow, is what I intentionally planted in this bed. The tomato plants, circled in blue, were gifts that sprouted from last year’s […]