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debra

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Accidental Gardening
« on: October 13, 2006, 02:25:47 pm »

We tend to toss organic waste into a compost pile (which is also what our gray water feeds into). Or else we'll just bury in places where someday we'd like a garden. :D Last year we accidentally grew a Roma tomato plant by this method. This year: canteloup!

http://www.tcftalk.com/images/canteloup.jpg

Ain't it pretty? Of course, it started late in the season, so although there are several baseball-size babies on the vine, this is probably the only one we'll get a chance to eat.
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Re: Accidental Gardening
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2006, 02:39:35 pm »

Yum! We did that one year and had a sweet potato the size of my DH's head!

Pickle the ones that don't turn the color in time. It is in "Fancy Pantry" under melon balls.

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Re: Accidental Gardening
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2006, 02:42:21 pm »

Cool! Thanks for that tip! :thumbsup:
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Re: Accidental Gardening
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2006, 03:07:59 pm »

Yep! I like to think of food as my forte....I gotta work that in a title somehow....

maybe "Mutti...Food is her Forte" or her forte is food.....oh man too much canning lately...I'll think about it as I milk...

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Re: Accidental Gardening
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2006, 06:05:25 pm »

Mmm... that's a tasty lookin' rock-mellon. :drool:
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Re: Accidental Gardening
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2006, 06:11:06 pm »

I was thinking "accidental gardening"  on the lines of a meadow that is by coincidence filled with wheat.  Or a patch of Cantaloupe growing over under that shady acorn oak.  Volunteer patches of corn and other stuff around the property.  A long desrted farm with food growing around.
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Re: Accidental Gardening
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2006, 05:31:36 pm »

Did any more of the cantaloupes get big enough to harvest?  Your picture is gorgeous.

We had two volunteer tomato plants, some lemon balm, sweet allysum and a whole bunch of pumpkin plants. None of the pumpkins got bigger than a soccer ball, but that's okay.  We harvested a good amount of tomatoes off the "WFF-- Where did you come from?" plants, but they wouldn't ripen on the vine.  We placed them in a dark cupboard, and most of them are red and ready to eat now.
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Re: Accidental Gardening
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2006, 05:35:17 pm »

Nope, the rest got no bigger than baseballs. OTOH, my golden retriever thought one of them *was* a ball, and was pleasantly surprised to find it canteloup-flavored. He ate an entire one, rind and all. :rolleyes:
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Re: Accidental Gardening
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2006, 05:44:01 pm »

So next year, you may find some interesting places where cantaloupes spring up, through the help of your dog  ^_^.  Miss Virginia avoids most fruits and vegetables.
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Re: Accidental Gardening
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2006, 08:55:00 am »

That cantelope looks delicious.  My grandfather used to fill one half with vanilla ice cream and go to town.  I don't get melon too often because my lovely wife is at risk of death for even being near it.  Her throat swells when touching it to prepare, or if there is even a slight residue where something else was prepared.  It has gotten bad enough that she carries an epipen for it now.

We had volunteer tomatoes in great abundance this year.  It was the second year for the garden, and we had to thin some out so the tomatoes we planted would survive.  We also had squash and some funky gourds from ones we smashed in a certain spot last year.  Those weren't volunteers so much as just lazy plantings.  Then we had a little of each in out compost pile.
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Re: Accidental Gardening
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2011, 09:28:24 pm »

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Re: Accidental Gardening
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2011, 07:06:53 am »

Any particular reason for bringing up this old thread, Rarick? My garden is under two feet of snow right now... sigh
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Re: Accidental Gardening
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2011, 08:22:27 am »

summer pictures in the middle of winter?  some new folps around and it looked like it might be of intrest.
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