In our spring planting, we had forgotten to plant green beans. Still, a few weeks later, a number of bean plants triumphantly returned where they had grown the year before. Some old vines, left on the fence all winter, had dropped their seeds, which sprouted and flourished. This seemed unlikely, as the seeds had been exposed to ice, snow and sudden temperature changes over the winter.
A variety of wild edible plants have also sprung up all over the garden, such as dandelion, violet, lambsquarter, chickweed, purslane and sorrel. They are highly nutritious and/or medicinal, so even our weeds can be a blessing!"
Photos from left to right:
Photo 1): Lettuce and kale
Photo 2): The onions sprout at the top, then fall over, and the sprouts form new plants. Walking onion bed.
Photo 3): Chives, lettuce, spinach and beets (with one volunteer potato plant mixed in with the lettuce)
Photo 4): Wild edible plants – from top to bottom: dandelion leaves, lambsquarter, sorrel, purslane, chickweed and violet leaves.