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Five Things Friday

Mystery vegetables from volunteer plants

The five little things that made my week…

1. I haven’t been as vigilant with the garden as I usually am, which means loads of volunteer plants and lots of mystery vegetables that we’re starting to harvest. This week’s haul included butternut squash, mystery summer squash, mystery winter squash, and what I think is an overgrown mystery cucumber (but could possibly be a mystery melon). Such are the little joys the garden brings to the kitchen.

Little helper in the garden

2. She loves to help at harvest time (or any time we’re out in the garden, really).

An onslaught of figs is coming soon

3. Oh boy. Looks like we’re gonna be getting a few hundred figs this summer!

Beautiful ribbed heirloom tomatoes grown from seven-year-old seeds

4. These lovely, juicy, ribbed heirloom tomatoes came from seven-year-old seeds! (Have you ever wondered how long your seeds can actually last? Check out my cheat sheet on seed storage life here.)

Color-coordinated tomatoes ready to turn into tomato sauce

5. Anybody else like to color-coordinate their tomatoes? These babies are ready to turn into tomato sauce this weekend!

Linda Ly About Author

I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring — all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more »


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    July 24, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Those tomatoes! Wow!

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    July 23, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    we have a mystery winter squash too and it looks so much like yours! i think it’s a butternut but i definitely didn’t plant any of those seeds. let us know if you figure it out!

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      Linda from Garden Betty
      August 6, 2017 at 7:40 am

      The butternuts are the two pear-shaped squash in the photo. The others remain a mystery. 🙂

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        August 6, 2017 at 10:55 am

        I meant to say buttercup!


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