Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Volunteer

They are everywhere on this farm and I do absolutely nothing to encourage their growth. 




They persevere through dry conditions, heavy rains, and weeds. 





They  multiply like nothing I have ever seen. 





They are a surprise gift each summer.  Although, at this point, their appearance isn't much of a surprise anymore.




And, I admit, they are pretty tasty when sliced in half and mixed with some sliced cucumbers and Italian dressing. 




34 comments:

  1. Almost incredible, and they look delicious!

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  2. Wow, they just grow wild there?!?

    The hermit crab is innocuous. Next year you should relent, LOL!

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  3. Isn't that fun when it happens? We have one in the garden..I'm sure from last years crop, but a happy surprise anyway! xo

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  4. That is so cool! I discovered one little tomato plant growing at the edge of the woods in our backyard a few weeks ago. It has one lone tomato growing on it, which has yet to ripen. I don't know if it's wild or the remnant of someone elses garden. I had no idea they could grow wild like that.

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  5. I believe they are the hardiest of all plants....volunteers! How wonderful for you. Wish I had a plate of them!

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  6. that is quite the volunteer tomato patch! I do love fresh tomatoes.
    I love visiting your blog. Your photography is amazing.

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  7. Ah! Fresh Tomato's! What a beautiful garden too, the captures are good. The salad must taste yummy!
    Have a nice day Michelle :)

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  8. Mmm. Our volunteers are usually tomatillos. They make a great salsa.

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  9. that's cool! i get sunflowers as volunteers, but no garden veggies (of course, i don't plant any to begin with!)

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  10. Wow, how lucky is that? Makes me want to relocate down there. :-) John

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  11. Mom doesn't eat tomatoes, but she has those growing in her flower beds every year. Probably some seeds that carried over from when Dad was living and gardening, but then I try to plant a vegetable or two in her little corner bed on ocassion, just for old time sake. She is no longer able to care about such anymore, but the little tomatoes keep returning. The kids and grandkids who stop by, manage to keep them gathered. They enjoy their presence in Mom's yard.

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  12. Oh! what a yummy "weed" though:)

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  13. Boy, are you lucky to have volunteer tomatoes! We had such a cool wet June that we can't grown them well here in Oregon. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  14. The volunteers in my yard are of the "weed" species.

    You asked if the food at Firebox was good. I am embarrassed to admit that the entrees on the special menu all seemed a bit too precious for me. (I am willing to be a bit adventurous with my food, but my rule is that I have to have heard of at least half of the foods in my meal.) I had a good old fashioned steak! Which WAS good!

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  15. How nice to have volunteers you can EAT! :)

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  16. We had cucumbers, tomatoes and onions for lunch today!

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  17. The best treats are those we least expect. Christmas came early :)

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  18. Yum, my favorite veggie or is it a fruit? LOL!!!

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  19. Well, I think you are lucky to have those tomatoes without planting or having to tend to them. They look delicious and make my mouth water thinking of tomatoes, cucs and onion...chilled would be so good in the heat of summer.

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  20. Oh, I forgot to tell you thanks for the idea for wearing a cropped cardigan with the tunic. I have to go to Target on Friday...will look for one.

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  21. These volunteer every year? That's awesome.

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  22. Lucky lucky girl.
    I got so caught up in the jazz music I forgot what I was going to say :) Thank you Hug B

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  23. Better than the bamboo I fight each summer, that even dog piss won't kill! hahaha

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  24. Oh yum yum yum!!!! You're so lucky!

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  25. I envy you! Each year that I've tried tomatoes if they grow at all they rarely get past the green stage! That's the vagarities of our climate I guess!

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  26. These little tiny tomatoes are natural volunteers. Once planted they usually continue to act like a perennial plant -- under the right conditions. You surely have the right conditions. How fortunate. -- barbara

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  27. wish we had just a little bit of your sun, weeds, etc

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  28. Nothing better than a homegrown tomato.

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  29. Well, just keep on enjoying them. Some people aren't able to grow them well this year. Another blessing from God : )

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  30. We have a few of these that keep popping up too. This year, we've been cutting them in half and dumping zesty Italian dressing with shredded mozzeralla cheese on top. YUM!

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