Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Accidental Thumb

I’ve mentioned before that I have a thumb as black as night, but I’ve decided to alter that and call it my “accidental thumb” because everything that grows is completely by accident, whereas everything I want to grow, er, doesn’t.

I got some stevia plants and used our compost from this past year. I’ve put all our kitchen veggie scraps in the compost, including the squash seeds from when I scrape them out of the squash halves, old tomatoes, etc.

Captain Caffeine got me a soaker hose to water the plants since I’m so awful about watering properly, so I used that with the stevia plants.

Then within a week or so, I noticed some other plants growing up next to the stevia, and I wasn’t entirely sure they were weeds. In fact, they kind of smelled like tomatoes--you know, that green fresh smell from the stem?

I was too lazy too busy to weed, so I just left them and within a few weeks I absolutely knew they weren’t weeds.

Yes, that is a tomato plant, practically overpowering my tiny stevia plant on the far bottom right. It apparently grew from seeds in the compost.

Then next to it, lo and behold, I have even more plants. One is a squash plant, although I’m not entirely sure what kind. The others kind of look like tomatoes too but I don’t know if I know the difference between tomatoes, eggplant, or bell peppers (yes, I put the seeds for all those in my vegetable compost).

The squash is kind of taking over the yard.

So I just kept watering them!

Here’s a picture of my baby squash. It looks like some type of winter squash.

And here’s a close up of my tomatoes. I think it’s a cherry tomato plant.

Any advice from you REAL gardeners for this “accidental” gardener?


  1. Camy, you can't call it a black thumb and more because you are growing thing, just not what you planted, but what was in the compost. Ha Ha, i like that but you are growing things. Good for you .Blessing.

  2. What are you going to do with the things you grow?

    1. Hopefully the weather will stay warm enough that they'll ripen and we can eat them! If it gets cold really fast, though, they'll probably end up dying on the vine