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robkb



Joined: 29 May 2009
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Location: SE London
PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 10 2:27 pm    Post subject: Strange things you find...  Reply with quote    

Clearing away the finished poppies and forget-me-nots at home, I came across a couple of dozen shoots of wheat! The source is most likely the bird-feeder stuck in the middle of the bed, I guess the birds have dropped the seed and where it's been protected by other plants it's germinated and come up really well.

Made me think though - I spend hours mollycoddling all sorts of plants to harvest, and yet these had been completely ignored but still looked incredibly healthy*

Cheers,
Rob.

* as do the dahlia's that I left in all winter and even forgot to mulch. They've survived weeks of frost, several inches of snow and the waterlogging that follwed the thaw - I thought they were supposed to be tender things that popped their clogs if winter was harsh?!

lettucewoman



Joined: 26 Sep 2006
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Location: Tiptoe in the Forest!!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 10 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

we always have wheat growing under where we feed the birds....and in my hanging basket too...

Bodrighy



Joined: 15 Aug 2008
Posts: 2157
Location: Near Devizes
PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 10 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have tomatoes coming up in the window boxes and hanging baskets where we thought all we had were strawberries

Pete

BadgerFace



Joined: 25 Mar 2009
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Location: Sussex
PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 10 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Plenty of tomato plants growing the pigs winter paddock ! They have done a much better job than me

Bodrighy



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 10 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Last time I saw tomatoes going 'wild' was a massive crop we had when a septic tank overflowed. We were managing a holiday centre at the time and had to clear them fast as we had a health and safety inspector coming. We got about 40lbs of tomatoes from them, stripped the plants out fast and fixed the leak.

Pete

astra



Joined: 05 Apr 2010
Posts: 1243
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 10 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've got loads of squash plants growing among the tomatoes in the greenhouse. There must have been unrotted seeds in my compost!

nettie



Joined: 02 Dec 2004
Posts: 5886
Location: Suffolk
PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 10 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We've got spuds everywhere, and tomatoes. Note to self not to put peelings or toms in the compost!!

otatop



Joined: 01 Jun 2005
Posts: 1425
Location: North London
PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 10 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Worryingly, I keep finding little plastic beady things.

12Bore



Joined: 15 Jun 2008
Posts: 9088
Location: Paddling in the Mersey
PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 10 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A tomato plant grew in the moss in the alley at the back of our Manchester store last summer, presumably the progeny of dropped sandwich!

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 10 6:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Strange things you find... Reply with quote    

robkb wrote:
Clearing away the finished poppies and forget-me-nots at home, I came across a couple of dozen shoots of wheat! The source is most likely the bird-feeder stuck in the middle of the bed, I guess the birds have dropped the seed and where it's been protected by other plants it's germinated and come up really well.


Do you still get hemp seed in bird food...

We always get some rogue wheat growing from the stuff the hens have missed; then then enjoy eating the heads just as they ripen. This year I found several stashes of sprouting wheat where mice have taken it and stored it, just noticed some is forming heads in the flower beds.

SarahB



Joined: 09 Sep 2007
Posts: 869
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 10 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

otatop wrote:
Worryingly, I keep finding little plastic beady things.


Yup, glitter, lego......

frewen



Joined: 08 Sep 2005
Posts: 11405

PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 10 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cake...

Duckhead



Joined: 24 Oct 2009
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Location: Up the hill, Italy
PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 10 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Frewen wrote:
cake...



gil
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 10 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I find little parsley plants that must be from previous years' sowings, newly germinating.

Otherwise it's the usual 'unexpected' crop of weeds and rogue tatties.

Mustang



Joined: 15 Jul 2005
Posts: 768
Location: Sunny Suffolk
PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 10 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I always notice tomato plants growing between the rail tracks (I commute by rail each day, so notice these things when waiting for the trains to come).

I guess tomato is a popular ingredient in sandwiches served on the trains:)

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