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Monday, May 7, 2012

Random Acres

Lest you think that my garden is always a triumph of proper planning (ha!), let me introduce you to the area that I fondly call "random acres."

Last year, as you might remember, I had a horrid onion harvest.  Most of my seed onions were still hard little balls at the end of the season, and I was so mad when we forked up the patch that I took most of them and just shoved them down into the ground again.  Maybe they'd sprout, maybe they'd rot.  I didn't care.

Well, sprout they did, both in the fall and now the spring.  Several of them are sporting thick, oniony stems that look like they would make respectable leek substitutes if I pulled them right now, but I won't be doing that.  Instead, I plan to give them a chance to see if they finally give me an onion bulb or two.

And see those little guys in front?  Those are volunteer potatoes.  I have no idea where they came from.  Perhaps I missed a few potatoes when harvesting last year; perhaps the blossoms dropped seeds.  Maybe I started putting semi-rotted potatoes from the bin into the ground to see what would happen; I don't have any memory.  What I do know is that I have seven random potatoes growing in a straight line in the middle of my patch.  I can't wait to see how they do and what they are!

Combine this with my usual crop of volunteer dill, volunteer tomatoes, and a pretty paltry showing of volunteer cilantro, and this is starting to shape up to be the season of random veggies!

What is surprising you in your garden this year?
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