Space and sunlight have always been scarce for me. I had a plant on every square inch of usable space in my apartment but with little to no sunlight I was forced to bring in an old fish tank light and use stacks of books to hold it up. This started the rogue garden, in one sense. I planted as many seeds as I could, assuming most would not come up in my pots made of used yogurt containers and tupperware. Then if nothing sprouted I would reuse dirt. Then what I hadn’t recently planted would sprout or I would save a seed from a vegetable or fruit, forget to properly label it, and plant it, the resulting plant unknown.
Once home I used dirt from my compost pile to supply my garden and pots. Most of the plants already growing on my apartment desk failing to survive the trip I was forced to replant seeds. In my compost pile I already found potatoes and tomato plant sprouting, which I replanted, no idea what plant lied beneath or was going to fruit.
I then spread this compost, full of ungerminated seeds from produce long tossed, into my garden and into my pots. Left and right mystery plants began to sprout up. Then lack of keeping track of what was planted where, I had five types of tomatoes and two types of eggplant seeds and quickly lost track, plant began to pop up and for know I have no idea what they will produce.
Here are the big mysteries:
Possibly a cucuzza long. Planted two that had sprouted in that general vicinity in the garden and they died but there were at least two other seeds in the pot I replanted them from, so it could be them.
Tomatoes. Nearly every tomato in my garden right now, with the exception of a handful just sprouting out of pots, I have no idea what they are or where they came from. I had an entire pot shoot up with dozens of plants and I don’t remember planting them. So we will see what comes of them.
Eggplant or Tomatillo? Having never planted either, so I have no idea what the plants look like, I accidentally planted both in the same pots and mixed up dirt from multiple pots. So far am about 85% sure one is definitely a tomatillo. After that its a crap shoot.
Pepper, be it hot or sweet. This plant is the sole survivor of my trip home from my apartment. I know it is a pepper, that is about it. Came from a grocery store seed I had saved, but I don’t remember from what.
What I do know. I do know that I have soybeans, punterelle, arugula which I am letting go to seed right now, sorrel, basil, and fennel.
On the bottom right is another rogue tomato plant I just noticed.
I also have planted red new potatoes, fingerling potatoes, purple potatoes, borettana onions, and mini-watermelons that have yet to sprout yet, and a lot of wild mint and raspberries in my yard.