I’m a survivor. I’m not going to give up.

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.

Yay.

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:

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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.

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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.

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3 thoughts on “I’m a survivor. I’m not going to give up.

  1. gardeningkiwi 07/01/2013 / 6:09 am

    Hi there. It is amazing what pops up unannounced in the garden. I have bok choi growing all over the place, but I really can’t say how it got there! The funny thing is – the self seeded stuff is always stronger, the slugs leave them alone and it is usually bigger and better than the pampered stuff I raised from seed, taking care of it’s every whim!
    Enjoy your free food.
    Cheers Sarah : o )

    • Garden State-ments 07/01/2013 / 8:38 pm

      Y’know, you’re right about that! Our orphan tomato plant isn’t being bothered at all, and it’s already starting to produce. And the new cucumbers from the old seeds aren’t being attacked by slugs at all, while we’re doing our best to keep them away from the new, new seed plants. These are the kinds of surprises that keep gardening interesting and enjoyable 🙂

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