Sneaky potato

After a week of entertaining my daughter over half term, it’s back to business in my garden!

Whilst tying up the broad beans, not only did I notice that they might be starting to flower, but that they had a friend next to them.

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I think this is a potato plant and I think I know how it got there. Until recently, the compost heap was in this position, so I can only guess that some potato peeling from it got left behind when I turned the heap and moved it to a new location. In any case, the garden didn’t suffer when a similar situation occurred last year. In fact, I ended up with a kilo or so of unexpected produce, so it will be interesting to see what happens in a couple of months from now!

In the meantime, the rest of the garden is flourishing. And I am just debating whether to starting planting out the tomatoes. One of them at least is looking about ready.

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Perhaps a bit if hardening off is in order, though the windowsill does seem colder than outside.

The pumpkins are also coming on very well.

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In all, five of the pumpkin seeds germinated, so I’m giving one of the plants away and wondering where to put the remaining four?

I thought I was in with the chance of an allotment last week. A friend introduced me to her allotment, where there appeared to be plots available. However, upon enquiry I found that I would in fact have to go on a waiting list. Never mind…. I am sure to find space in my own back garden. And hopefully, I won’t be on the allotment waiting list too long 🙂

© Helen Butt, June 2013.

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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8 Responses to Sneaky potato

  1. streepie says:

    I have taken the plunge and planted the tomatoes (as well as peppers, aubergines and marrows) a bit more than a week ago. But we’ve covered them….
    We also have a few stray potatoes in one of the vegetable beds – we had put in some last year, but because of the blight that affected all our tomatoes, the potato plants died as well, and I could not find any potatoes when we dug the ground over.

  2. mybrightlife says:

    That tomato plant looks strong and healthy! Good luck with your allotment wait. Hope it is not too long!

  3. I also have a few of those sneaky potatoes, I just hope they don’t still have traces of last year’s blight and contaminate this years lovely looking ones!

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