A few weeks ago I noticed three seedlings, about 15cm high, growing near the kale. They looked so familiar but I couldn’t place them and as I had sown quite an assortment of kale seeds I left them to grow.
Part of this year’s brassica bed is still home to the broad beans from last November’s sowing and today I uprooted some of the plants, now on their last leg, to lightly dig in and enrich the soil. Lo and behold a further two seedlings just like the three growing next to the kale greeted me. Who are you? I know you! You look so familiar. Who are you?
Finally – DOH – the light went on – tomato seedlings! Last summer a friend gave me a tomato plant and though I had planted three a month earlier and had little space for a fourth I can never refuse a plant so I stuck it in the beetroot and chard bed – this year’s brassica bed. Seeds from a few fallen tomatoes left on the ground must have lain dormant over the winter, under the manure and paper mulch, and sprouted late spring.
When I look at the photos its pretty obvious they are tomato plants. I plan to experiment this autumn by keeping some tomato seeds for sowing next spring plus lightly digging in a few tomatoes where I would like them to grow next year and see what happens.
Other self-seeders, nasturtiums and calendula, are brightening up the area around the compost bin