We’ve made it through another [sigh] super wet week here. Just when we think our swampy backyard is just about the dry out fully, it rains…again. We had another storm today, and more are apparently on their way because we’re under a flood watch from tonight until tomorrow.
But rather than figure out to say “enough with the rain already!” in a bunch of different languages here, we’re going to talk about this guy:
Why, he’s just a tomato plant, you say? Well yes. But, really, it’s more that just a tomato plant.
It’s a true survivor.
And his reason for being is a really simple story. During a round of weeding a couple months back, we found a tiny tomato seedling growing in a very strange location: one of the raised beds. Last year, our tomatoes weren’t anywhere near the beds – they were in the long bed or on the side of the house. Yet, at some point last year, probably thanks to a squirrel or bird, a Roma tomato seed was deposited in our cucumber bed. The seed hibernated throughout the winter and was able to germinate come Spring. Pretty cool right? We moved him over to a new bed we had created just for tomatoes and peppers, and voila! He’s doing fantastically! It started flowering a couple weeks ago, and tiny tomatoes have started showing , which is why we know it’s a Roma plant and not a cherry tomato plant.
A similar situation is going on in our leaf lettuce bed. Last year, we planted both lettuce and cucumber in the bed. This year, we decided to plant only lettuce. However, a couple cucumber seeds that survived from last year had other ideas.
Not sure if you can tell from the picture, but there are actually six cucumber plants among the lettuce! The ones along the back are in almost the exact same position as the cucumbers we planted last year. The others, near the front of the bed, are from those original plants as well that spread out over most of this bed last year. Because this bed is severely drenched from all the rain, several patches of lettuce died, which seems to have worked out well for the cucumbers along the back. We’re debating on how best to train the cucumbers near the front without cutting back too much lettuce.
No place else in the garden have we seen the reemergence of last year’s plants, but we certainly welcome these surprises; and it’ll be interesting to see if we get any similar happenings next year.