This year I decided to do something different. I didn't get my garden chart out until the day I planted. I decided on a whim where I was planting everything...and I wasn't going to be planting much. Well, that was the "non-plan" plan at least.
I put in my usual row of lettuce mix, a short row of Endive, Kale, & Swiss Chard. Then carrots, parsnips (which I never planted before, and which didn't germinate), and green onions. I put 2 long rows of green beans in using seed I saved from last year's bumper crop. And the other new thing I put in was potatoes. I've never planted potatoes before so I wasn't sure what to expect. They are big & my garden looks like a big green jungle, especially with the potatoes right next to the beans.
I was determined not to plant any tomatoes because I still have a lot of salsa left over from a few years ago, so I wouldn't be canning them. But, it's always nice to have a ripe tomato from the garden, so I let the volunteer plants grow up. I knew what I might be in for when I made that decision...possibly dozens of cherry tomato plants. So far I know there are about 5 cherry tomatoes, but I'm hoping at least one of the other volunteers is a Black Krim, the best tomato I've ever planted!
I have at least 5 tomato plants in between the beans & potatoes. I have no idea how I'm going to get in there & pick those. One of the benefits of having a raised garden bed is that you can plant a little closer together. But the mistake I made with my raised bed is that it's a bit too wide, so it's hard to reach into the center.
The awesome surprise volunteer is an enormous zucchini plant. What's funny is that every year I would plant multiple zucchini plants & all would fail miserably. The plants would be puny, about the size of a dinner plate, then start to yellow & then rot at the stems. I usually would only get 1 tiny zucchini before the plants would die. I stopped planting it several years ago out of frustration. This volunteer is about 2.5 feet high & probably 100 times bigger & stronger looking than anything I ever planted. The stems are enormous & filled with blossoms. So I guess I just had to have Mother Nature plant zucchini for me.
I also seem to have 2 pumpkins or gourds. One is under the potatoes, which is covering the green onions, and some of the tomatoes. I seriously didn't weed or thin out anything, as you can see from my photos!
|Beans, tomatoes, and potatoes, OH MY.|
|Volunteer Zucchini... it's covering a row of carrots, but I was too excited to have zucchini, so I don't mind.|
|On the left is Kale, not the curly kind, lettuce, swiss chard, and also volunteer dill from 5 YEARS AGO! Dill is hard to get rid of. The one blank dirt spot is from my swiss chard also not germinating. Too bad, because we love chard!|
|And our raspberries :)|