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Thursday, September 20, 2012

More Unexpected Bounty

Earlier this week, we found a surprise in finding that a volunteer butternut0920 butternuts (1) squash plant was thriving and expanding near our mulch pile.  It was definitely a VERY unexpected bounty as Grenville didn’t plant any squash this year due to the limited garden space.

As you can see, butternut squash REALLY likes to lots of growing space.

This week, we found another surprise. . . Strawberries — again.

strawberry collageWe really enjoyed the strawberry harvest in early May when we ate them freshly picked and Grenville made a great Strawberry pie.

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0929strawberry surprise (13)But, this time. weeds have overrun the strawberry patches. While we’ve sampled this second crop, the berries are not as sweet or large as the spring crop so we won’t be picking them. 

Instead, this time around, the birds and squirrel have been enjoying them.

Meantime, the surprise butternut squash is doing SO well that we’re looking forward to a late fall harvest.

0920 butternut collage1Who knew that mulch pile gardening could be SO easy and productive ?

14 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

A nice bit of serendipity.

Arija said...

I always find that if God sows somewhere, the plants always thrive and bear fruit. The compost or mulch pile is always a great place. One autumn I harvested a heaped wheelbarrow full of diverse, perfect potatoes.

Daisy said...

That's the kind of surprise I like!

Lois Evensen said...

How great! We've found volunteers in the compost bins, too. It's always a fun surprise.

Elaine said...

Always fun to harvest something you didn't plant. A few weeks ago we had strawberries producing very nicely in planters and hanging baskets on our deck--but then a moose came along and mowed them down. Well, we are in the process of ripping things out in preparation for winter, but still annoying. We are planning a raised bed for next year, but it will be inside a 8-foot chain link enclosure that we have. We'll see if we can outwit those wily moose.....

Sandra said...

i am sure the wildlife is happy you are not eating the second crop. and the squash are so "cute"

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Think this is how I will garden next spring if the lord wills. I will toss out seeds and such in the compost pile and all about and see what happens. Those butternuts are lookin' good!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

What a nice surprise! And the strawberry pie looks yummy and it's making me hungry!

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

I found some ripe and reasonable tasty raspberries today :-) Not sweet at all but lots of taste anyway :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

Ginnie said...

You'll have to let us know what you make from the squash. Your recipes are always great.

Montanagirl said...

The Strawberry pie looks fabulous!

Butterbean Row said...

I love butternut squash but have never had enough room to grow it. What a nice surprise and berries too for the wild life.

charlotte

Rebecca said...

I love it when I get a volunteer! That strawberry pie looked gorgeous

Debbie said...

oooohhhh i LOVE garden surprises. my sunflowers were a surprise also, appearing in the garden in august!!

that pie looks a.m.a.z.i.n.g.

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