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Stuff I didn’t plant

By Penny Stine

I don't like to rototill my garden because I have some perennials thrown into various spaces. I also have a lot of self-seeding annuals, herbs and veggies that I'd prefer not to disturb or scatter elsewhere.
Just for grins, I thought I'd take a stroll at lunch a take a few pics of things I didn't plant this year, but are obviously doing just fine regardless.


Tomatillos and cosmos. I bought tomatillo seeds several years ago and started them indoors and fretted over them. I've never bought them since. In fact, I probably dug up and gave away more than 70 tomatillo plants this year.




I bought seeds about 10 years ago and haven't had to replant it since then. Unfortunately, the dill is ready now, and my biggest cucumber is about an inch long. I tried freezing it one year and drying it the next, and it just wasn't the same. 



This is borage. I bought the seeds because it was supposed to be a good companion plant for strawberries. The flowers are edible, kind of sweet like candy. They look cool on a salad.











But once you have it, it tends to go all sorts of places you'd rather it didn't. Like the yard.



I've chatted about amaranth before and have now resorted to eating it.I didn't plant these in my flowerpots this year, last year or ever, but I did use my own compost in this pot last year and it sprouted an amaranth or two. So now I have a dozen.

That's OK. In addition to roasting the leaves, I also discovered they're not bad in a smoothie if you also add this, which is red leaf perilla, or shiso, as it's also called. I have it coming up all over the place. I had a bigger plant that would've looked better in a photo, but I stripped all the leaves and put it in my morning smoothie with the little amaranth leaves and mint.  

Anyone who's ever had mint knows you never have to plant it more than once.




I've also discovered that chamomile is self-sowing.Some varieties are supposed to be perennials, but I'm pretty sure I planted the annual.


It doesn't seem to make a difference. I've got it in several places, and the plants are bigger and have more flowers than last year's plants.




Here's perhaps the strangest thing I didn't plant this year, in two different pics. I planted carrots in both of these places last year and was disappointed when they didn't come up. So I figured the area was too shady and planted an herb called salad burnet in one spot last summer and planted kale in the other spot this spring.


A week or so ago I discovered that the carrots I planted last year finally came up!




And so did the kale. 





I'm glad I have so many things that came up without me actually planting them this year, because I also have planting beds like this one, in which I planted something (carrots? kale? beets?) that decided not to grow this year.



Perhaps they'll sprout next spring. 


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