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.


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.


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.


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.


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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