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We just ate a tiny honeydew melon today. Found it in our garden.

We did not plant it. The only explanation we have is that it was from our compost when we threw away some rinds and seeds from some store bought melons.

Funny how that happens
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I just had something like that happen to me. I have a beautiful tomato vine (with some nice, plump tomatoes on it!) growing out of my lavender plant. The only explanation I can think of is that it was a tomato seed from the compost I put on the lavender plant. Does that mean the compost isn't getting hot enough?

At least they're nice, edible plants instead of yucky weeds...
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We have spaghetti squash growing that we didn't plant, definetly from our compost!!
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This year, I rescued and replanted baby tomato plants, fava beans, and cucumbers from our compost pile! Obviously we do not do "hot" composting; I think the technical term for what we do is "lazy" composting, but I must say I enjoy the benefits come spring!
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we have some sort of squash growing that we did not plant, I thought it was a crookneck but its got round bulbs on the female flowers that are just blooming now...we didn't use any of our own compost ...maybe it was in the horse poo we used haha

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Sweet! It's so nice to have something volunteer that is not a weed

We got jack o lantern pumpkins this year "free"!

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I have a mystery cherry tomato plant growing in the middle of our sunflower house right now. We haven't gotten any ripe toms off of it yet, because of the shade I suppose, but it is just dripping with green ones.
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Isn't that awesome! We have a few volunteers growing around our compost. Funny, the tomatoes we planted (and peas, and lettuce) did pretty poorly, but we have one huuuuge gourd plant! I only wish they were edible.
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We have a huge blackberry bush that just appeared this season. It's growing next to the side of our house. I'm hoping to get some more blackberries next year. I would really like to make jam.
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we got watermellons, and lots and lots of tomatoes!
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We had squash growing in the pasture. Seeds from the squash we feed the pig must of passed right through her. Oh course, she harvested the squash before we could.

Also had hollyhocks (none ever on the property) come up this year and lots of tomatoes and potatoes which must has been left in the ground last year.

Oh, and some cilantro, yum.

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Sweet! It's so nice to have something volunteer that is not a weed

We got jack o lantern pumpkins this year "free"!
It's looking that way for us, too! We had a pumpkin on our porch table last autumn that got blown into the yard and smashed... now we have vines with two ripening pumpkins on them. The vines are starting to look kinda rough, mildew or something, so I'm hoping they survive until the pumpkins are ripe. It'll be the most effortless produce ever!

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I've had the same thing happen with last year's composted jack-o-lanterns growing into pumkins the subsequent year. I love it when that happens

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We had probably 30 volunteer tomatillo plants this year in a VERY small area. I thinned them to 4 plants. I got about 10 volunteer chard plants and three tomato plants. We have a HUGE blackberry bush right by our compost bin - it is actually partially growing in the bin and I can't get it out

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We've got a couple of tomato plants growing right next to the compost bin. We've actually used the sides of the bin to tie up the plants. I have bountiful green tomatoes right now - we'll see what happens!

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This year, I rescued and replanted baby tomato plants, fava beans, and cucumbers from our compost pile! Obviously we do not do "hot" composting; I think the technical term for what we do is "lazy" composting, but I must say I enjoy the benefits come spring!
LOL! That's us too.... we got free pumpkins this year. :
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