But, we have basil. There are several types that are transplanted out every year. They arrive later than most other garden crops because of their cold intolerance. Easily started in the greenhouse, they are "tucked in" along the edges in many locations. Those are Thai Hot peppers beyond the amaranth volunteer in the picture above, but also, a flowering Thai basil. (Cooperative immigrants from SE Asia .)without it i'd not have lasagna or a few other dishes i enjoy.
I nearly ordered that extra large perilla variety this spring at West Coast Seeds. It was in the shopping cart with some other choices for about a week, and then I came to my senses and thought, 'What am I doing? I don't eat sushi?'I might have thought years ago that we could try making sushi but I must not have the variety that makes large enough leaves ooorrr, & I'm certain that it is a possibility
Steve, what is the definition of 'No real luck' here? They didn't grow well or they didn't have good flavors?No real luck with volunteer tomatoes
They don't start early enough, grow during the early weeks enough, ripen ANY or enough fruit to make a contribution during the season when I have MANY tomatoes coming off other plants started in the greenhouse. After many seasons of tolerating a volunteer or two wherever they may show up, I've had "enough" of them .Steve, what is the definition of 'No real luck' here? They didn't grow well or they didn't have good flavors?
The volunteer plants that reappear in my garden without replanting are swiss chard, chamomile, peas, potatoes, chickweed, and dill.This is the Fruits & Vegetables forum so I am talking about something for the table ... not the chair at the table .
As many gardeners, I have dill and cilantro volunteers. I'm happy about that and we DO use them, or, some of them since they can be very prolific (and even sow cilantro seed each year so as to extend the season).
It used to be that Orach was of real importance in the early garden. Bbuuuttt, even with Help, haven't found the variety that once volunteered each Spring from a mother plant, left in an out-of-the-way spot the year before. The property owner moved & sold that place after he had inherited it from his father, my gardening buddy. Since I didn't sneak over and steal a volunteer plant for seed, I was left trying to decide what it was! Some orach varieties are now bred for the ornamental garden. (Native Seed Search has a couple of varieties that I know nothing about and should be worth a try in '24 - LINK.)
Orach would be past its harvest season by now, even if it was slowed a little in the Spring with me moving volunteers around. This is a cousin in the family, runs to a somewhat longer harvest season and my vegetable volunteer for the table the last few years.
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Amaranth is a very common plant for the flower garden. Unlike another cousin, Spinach, it isn't commonly eaten. Seeds for these amaranths which may volunteer most anywhere , were given to us by a friend, who received them from another friend. Where they came from originally is a mystery to me. They are, indeed, quite ornamental (often darker in color than this one). Purple like another of my favorite vegetables - beet greens, another cousin - after they are cooked and arrive on the plate.
growing here beside some Thai Hot peppers
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