So when you grow veggies often you’ll get volunteers from past harvests.
Sometimes this takes the form of a tomato seedling popping up in a bed that once held tomatoes. If you let arugula go to seed you can have never ending arugula which is nice. When squash does this it’s bad because you’ll never ever get what you planted- 9/10 its inedible and weird.
When I planted my onion bed after I ripped out the squash vines- I had to cobble together a lot of soil to do so.
Pictured- a weedy mess with some nice onions.
If we zoom in though…
That’s a potato.
Looks like when I cobbled together the dirt to plant the onions a fragment of seed tater snuck in. Now that it’s pouring it decided it’s time had come and sprouted.
Look- it might not even be from my Russian banana fingerlings, this could be a volunteer from my ill fated supermarket potato experiment- there is absolutely no reason to keep this sprout. I should pull it like the weed it is!
Except for the fact that I shared the picture with some friends who now are chanting #SaveTheSpud.
I mean- I do have to harvest my potato bags…
And while I was expecting to just, you know, buy more seed potatoes… It would be neat to see if I can get something out of this fellow…
All you damn slackers are a bunch of tenderhearts but I’ll give it a try.
Of course in order to get potatoes you have to cover the stem of the plant- so I dumped the sprout in an old succulent pot and covered up the stem.
I set the little buddy in a sunny spot, and if he keeps growing I’ll pop him in a bigger pot or in one of the vacated potato bags.
I wish to inform my weirdo friends that there is really no guarantee this works- and there is a good chance that even with best practices I might get a spectacular plant in a bag with minimal potatoes.
But I hope you’re all happy- I saved the spud.
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Yes, I’m pleased that you saved it. I am not the only one who does that.
Hilariously it seems to have another sprout- so maybe I do put it in a bag and get potatoes out of it in a month.
Well, by now, it is a month after when it was potted. It’s not too hilarious. They can do that. I wrote earlier about how we get a few vegetables that grew from kitchen scraps in the compost pile.
It’s just that i’m used to squash volunteers which are usually inedible because of the way squash are bred- the idea that a volunteer might be edible tickles me pink!
This volunteer lacks potential for genetic variation (assuming it did not somehow grow from seed).