Don't you LOVE volunteers in the garden?

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  1. omnicat

    omnicat Well-Known Member

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    I didn't plant any of these this year.
    Marigolds:
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    Asters (I've *never* planted these, and haven't seen them before in my yard):
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    Cleome:
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    Cockscomb:
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    Cosmos:
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  2. omnicat

    omnicat Well-Known Member

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    oh - and that's spiderwort, not in flower, (also volunteer) above and to the left of the cockscomb.
     

  3. jnap31

    jnap31 garden guy

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    Wow nice flowers, Yeah I have a soft spot for volunteers I always move them to where I want them and let them grow
     
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    could be worse, we had an invasion of datura! went on vaction too come back too 7 foot tall poisonous plants!
     
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    Lol Ford! They're pretty but sure are toxic! But at least they're deer-resistant.

    Those are lovely volunteer flowers. I've found with volunteers that they seem to grow better than anything I've planted intentionally; I guess they only get a foothold in spots where they're well adapted.
     
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    I have 4 beautiful volunteer tomato plants in my humanure pile. I'm not real sure if I want to eat the tomatoes though. The pile that they're in was closed off in January, so it has been closed off for a year yet.
     
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    Jillis Well-Known Member

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    I love volunteers in my garden!

    I tell the kids to get in there and "volunteer" to dig potato trenches and pull weeds!
     
  8. omnicat

    omnicat Well-Known Member

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    <i>I tell the kids to get in there and "volunteer" to dig potato trenches and pull weeds!</i>

    without question - the BEST kind of volunteers...


    SEVEN FOOT Datura?? WOW! Mine have never gotten that big.
     
  9. omnicat

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    oops.. way to go html girl...

    (keep forgetting to use [ here intead of < for the html)
     
  10. TxCloverAngel

    TxCloverAngel Happiness is Homemade

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    I have 5 watermelon vines (doing WAY better than the ones I planted in my garden!) growing in my dog pen! lol gotta love em!

    and I had a lot of tomatoes in the old pig pen :)

    not sure how the watermelon got there! lol
     
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    Theres over 100 corn plants in the yard from the birds pens ,After the rain they came up like gang busters.and who knew I would ger Carnary seed plants to grow and produce from the cage birds cages being cleaned.
     
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    LOVE your marigolds and the cosmos, too! Last year I interspersed marigolds in spots throughout my garden. When I put the garden to bed last fall, I took the spent marigold plants (with seedheads) and strewed them all over a bare earth slope on the East side of my barn. They sprouted and bloomed this year, and it sure is a pretty sight. I plan to do the same thing this year, as there's more of the slope I'd like to see sprouting marigolds.

    I always put marigolds in my garden as they seem to be pretty good pest control.

    NeHi Mama
     
  13. omnicat

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    THe only pumpkins I seem to be able to grow are volunteers. Usually sprouting from my compost heap - but this year, I had one pop out of a big pot that has a small orange tree in it!
     
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    MoonShine Fire On The Mountain

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    I have squash plants everywhere....through the field,down over a hill...all I can figure is that my dog's eat the squash and leave seeds everywhere :rolleyes:
    Morning Glories come up all over my gardens,they always have,no matter where I've gardened.
     
  15. omnicat

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    Morning Glories come up all over my gardens,they always have,no matter where I've gardened.

    Well, that goes without saying. I also have one of those. (didn't for a few years - well, those days are over now, huh?) I have to admit, the flowers are a pretty variety. Deep blue with pinkish/red throats.
     
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    Sounds like you have some Jays in the area...they dig in the compost and re-bury treats they find. Problem is, they forget where!!
     
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    Sounds like you have some Jays in the area...they dig in the compost and re-bury treats they find. Problem is, they forget where!!

    Ah...I wondered about that...We do have Blue Jays around here.
     
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    Really? That's cool,because I was wondering if that was just something that happens here and if it happens all over. I do like them,I think they're real pretty.
     
  19. omnicat

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    Moonshine - there are a lot of weed collectively called "bindweed" which are morning glory relatives.

    But many people consider morning glories "weeds" too - because they're such proflific self-seeders, and climb all over things. There is a house about 8 miles from mine, where they planted them intentionally all around the proch and patios - and they do provide a lot of shade and a pleasant and beautiful place to sit outside.

    I guess "weeds" are in the eye of the beholder. I think morning glories are pretty, too - but I will have to pull them from my garden before they seed - or I'll be fighting an army of them next summer.

    Somepeople consider asters "weeds" too. But I love them in the fall!