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Here are the final two of our “mystery plants” found in the garden. I really have no idea what either of these are but with some searching I have a best guess — borage and carrots.

MysteryPlantsThe borage makes sense because we did have that in several beds so it’s very likely a seed or two were dropped somewhere else. But carrots? We didn’t grow any carrots last year, although we are trying them this year.

My only theory for how a carrot could possibly have gotten to our garden is our in-bed composting from this year. And maybe that’s what’s responsible for our other “mystery plants”

It’s quite possible that I cut of an end of carrot, tossed it in the compost bin and never thought of it again until this spring.

If that really is what happened — again, we’ll never know — I think that’s amazing! It shows you how resilient plants can be, and if we get a few random plants from the compost, well, that’s fine by me.

 

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Our "pepper" plants growing in beds that didn't have peppers last year. Hmmm....

Our “pepper” plants growing in beds that didn’t have peppers last year. Hmmm….

I pulled a couple of these doing some weeding around our garden beds, but then I realized these didn’t look like the typical weeds that pop up in our garden. They had a distinct leaf shape and looked like pepper plants. While I’m not really sure if that’s what they are, we’re going to let them grow up a bit and see.

In the one bed it makes sense — that’s where we had the majority of our pepper plants last year.

There are even two growing in a pot with one of our transplanted herbs, which didn’t survive. That one also makes sense because we had a couple peppers in that bed as well.

The one that is a bit baffling is where we currently have snow peas and will have squash later this year. We had our tomatoes and basil there last season.

So how did a pepper plant get there? I have a couple theories, but we’ll never really know.

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When I was checking on the garden last week, I noticed something that looked of place. It was too big to be a weed, but the leaves didn’t look familiar. I let it go and a few days later “it” actually turned out to be six separate plants, all bunched together.

Last year we had cucumbers, radishes and peppers in that bed, along with some borage and nasturtium. But these leaves didn’t look like any of those. After searching for seedling pictures of everything we grew last year, I think I stumbled upon an answer.

They look like Brandywine tomatoes to us. If that’s the case, I’m thrilled. However, we showed the picture to another gardener and they thought it was a potato, but we didn’t grow any potatoes last year.

 

Either way, we’ll let them grow a little bigger until we transplant them to a different bed or to large pots.

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