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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Volunteers Welcome

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 voluntarilyIMG_5814 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.

asparagus1017Another 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 marigolds1017 (2) 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.peppers-tomatoes
Broccoli, cauliflower, winter lettuce and herbs are also doing well.broccoli and more

7 comments:

Montanagirl said...

There's just nothing like fresh garden produce! We don't grow a garden, but our neighbors share produce with us.

DeniseinVA said...

A wonderful harvest! Lovely weather we've been having here in Virginia. I wonder if you got the rain and thunder last night?

Sandra said...

that is some volunteer harvest you have there... glad your weather is holding and producing good stuff to eat.

Ludwig Keck said...

When I saw "volunteers welcome" I immediately got out my GPS to see how quickly we could get there - then I read on. Shucks. Delighted, however, enjoyed the story and photos. You have great "green thumb" and don't even have to press hard with it!

Daisy said...

I always think of volunteers like this as little gifts that have been given to me. Sounds like you made good use of them. :)

Anvilcloud said...

We had several petunias volunteer this year. I quite appreciated them. We didn't try to eat them, however.

doublebhomestead said...

Usually my volunteers do better than what I plant, I guess they just have a stronger will to survive.

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