The constant challenges of an everyday vegetable gardener and dealing with all the aspects of planting as an amateur.

It is an awareness that helps to achieve Garden perfection.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Volunteers - a Beauty and Hardy as can be

In gardening and botanical terminology, a volunteer is a plant that grows on its own, rather than being deliberately planted by a human farmer or gardener. Volunteers often grow from seeds that float in on the wind, are dropped by birds, or are inadvertently mixed into compost before it is used.
Unlike weeds, which are unwanted plants, a volunteer may be encouraged once it appears, being watered, fertilized, or otherwise cared for.
Volunteers that grow from the seeds of specific cultivars do not reliably "come true", and often differ significantly from the parent. Such open pollinated plants, if they show desirable characteristics, may be selected to become new cultivar
This Volunteer was growing from under my neighbors fence, so I dug it out, cut the root in half and decided to plant it anyway, Wow, what a surprise and beautiful addition to the garden. I have so many roots now ascending from the base that I will split those and have many more beautiful red plants next year AND - THE BEST PART - it is free!!

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