Not, the human type of volunteer, but others here at the Frog & PenguINN — most unexpected, but VERY welcome.
First, there was the butternut squash vine that was voluntarily growing near the mulch pile. We made sure to avoid it when cutting the lawn for the past several weeks. Here’s the payoff, Grenville harvested 3 squash, some of which will be used in a roasted butternut squash soup this weekend. And, of course, a recipe post will follow.
Another surprise for the second time since our main spring crop ended was a regrowth of asparagus. While, the output is not enough for a side dish at dinner, it’s been wonderful in an asparagus-cheese breakfast omelet.
These marigolds are adding vibrant fall colors to the back patio. Last year, several were planted, bloomed and were not replaced this spring. But, last year’s deadheaded blooms, which had been left in the pot reseeded. And, these didn’t bloom in full force until last week — just in time for the season.
ALSO, the warm mid-70s daytime temps here on the VA eastern shore are giving us an added bounty . . . tomatoes and peppers for evening salads.
Broccoli, cauliflower, winter lettuce and herbs are also doing well.