Earlier in the year, I noticed several squash-like seedlings come up near the compost heap. Which is no surprise as there were squash near that area and squash seeds that weren't consumed by the chickens went into the compost heap. There aren't too many squash bugs on them (yet) and with the exception of the leaves that the goats manage to wrangle their tongues around through the fence, they're doing great.
|Patty Pan'ish look'n squash and a Yellow Non-Crookneck squash.|
I'm also caring for (in the sense that I haven't let Paul doze them over) several wild grape vines. I make wild grape jelly every year so it would be nice if I could train them to grow a bit lower to the ground instead of having to use a step stool in the back of the pick up truck in order to harvest the wild ones way up in the trees.
Then there's the patch of Lambs Quarters that just magically come up each year. I swear I like them better than spinach. So if they're growing someplace that they're not "supposed" to be growing, too bad, they're staying there until I can harvest them. If a spinach plant just popped up in your tomato bed, would you rip it out just because it wasn't supposed to be there or would you let it grow to harvesting? That's what I thought.
|One of three patches of Lambs Quarters. |
Soon to be picked & put in the fridge.
Of course, there's always the dandelions (fritters, anyone?), wild plums, choke cherry, and about a dozen other wild snackies I've yet to snack on.
What wild munchies or volunteer vegetables do you have on your place?