Mystery Vegetable Theatre – A New Chapter

Last year, some of you may remember that I had a spontaneous combustion of nature and started growing a mystery melon plant. It started out as a mere seedling and became the monster that almost ate my backyard. Unfortunately, in the end – the plant was more impressive than the fruit it bore and yet another experiment in suprise gardening went down the tubes.

This year, I have this:

it’s producing vegetables that look like this:

I decided to cut some up and throw them in the sautee pan to see what they tasted like or in the alternative if they were some sort of rare garden poison, masquerading as yummy veggies. As it turned out, they were quite yummy and I’m still alive. Moe thinks they might be chokoes, which is some sort of Asian squash – they are definitely a squash – and if she wants to call them chokoes, it’s okay with me.

In addition to the mystery squash that appeared in my garden, planted itself and is growing like crazy, yet another spontaneous entry for this year’s mystery vegetable theatre is the giant cherry tomatoes that are coming in. Since planted cherries last year I was pretty sure a plant or two would sprout up and if so, that I’d let it do it’s thing. But this plant is not some leftover dormant seed from last year. This is some super mega cherry tomatoe plant on crack. Take a look:

Yes folks, those really are cherry tomatoes – and they are bigger than golfballs. And they are on the verge of turning, so my mouth is already watering for a big ol’ tomatur samich, which I just know will be delicious.

I have no idea what’s in the soil out here but there must be something forcing these unbelievable veggies out into the sun and eventually on my dinner table. I’d have to say I’m lucky.

Tune in Monday for the Frog Hotel Caper – ooh and check out the new gardening page. 😉

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12 thoughts on “Mystery Vegetable Theatre – A New Chapter

  1. Oh my gosh! I am so jealous of your giant cherry tomatoes. I love, love, love cherry tomatoes and nothing beats them fresh from your own garden. You were brave to eat the squash, not knowing what it was. LOL. I’ve never seen those before but will keep my eyes open for them now that you’ve tested them out for me already. LOL. There really is something spiritual about having a vegetable garden.

    Hey Teens,
    I’m in Calif – how far are you from me? Maybe I could overnight you some tomatoes. LOL – wouldn’t that be fun. Of course we wouldn’t tell the carrier what was in there. I bet I could fit them into one of those little boxes, and maybe stick in a couple of those little squashes too. LOL. I really want to do this – I think it would be a scream.

    BTW, I started a gardening page – I think it might be fun to have a whole separate page for it.

    Hugs,
    Annie

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  2. Yes, I think that must be some amazing dirt you have there Annie! Awesome stuff growing. I wish I lived in your climate. I am still trying to convince plants that is ok to peek out of the ground!

    Jennifer

    Jen,
    When I lived in colder weather, I used to build mini movable green house panels. You just take some grapestick/thin slats of wood, form a grid (you can put together using a staple gun) and then staple gunned some 5 mil clear plastic over them. I’d house the plants with the panels, leaving them roofless. This often provided enough shelter and warmth to keep the plants happy. Once the weather turned reasonably warmed, I’d just stow the panels for the next year. It works fine for all kinds of plants. Also, check your nursery for winter tomato plants – they have them and they thrive in 50 degree weather.

    Annie

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  3. Hi WC,

    You’re doing a lot better than I. We had an early heatwave this year and my tomatoes did not like it at all!

    the Grit

    Hey Grit,
    I know how a sudden cold snap or heat wave can play havoc with a growing cyle – I like to feed the tomaturs lots of coffee grounds, at the roots, that gives them a nice shot of nitrogen and even helps hold the moisture in the soil too. LOL – at this rate, I’ll have to start a mail order tomato business. 😉
    Annie

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  4. Your Garden of Mysterious Delights reminds me of a Simpson’s episode in which the family moves to the ‘old family farm’. Homer grows ‘tomacco’- a hybrid of tomato and tobacco. Anyway it grows monstrous big quickly because he uses plutonium/uranium/something that he stole from the nuclear power plant…

    That’s what your garden reminds me of. 🙂

    But those tomatoes look so plump and shiny. They’re going to be beautiful.

    LOL Chica,
    You may be right, maybe there is plutonium in the soil, that would explain a lot. Also, I do believe I’ve heard Homer like snickering in the garden at night. 🙂
    Annie

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  5. Wow must be something funky in that soil in your backyard. Since you are having such luck you should get the permits and be able to grow some medicinal mary jane to supplement your income 😉

    Maybe so, Ger. But I wish somebody out there could actually tell me what the thing is. If I knew I might be able to grow it better or know how to replant next year, or something. Know what I mean? I posted a question in a new gardening forum I found today and I’m hoping somebody out there can tell me. Fingers crossed.
    Annie

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  6. I didn’t know you had such a green thumb! The only “volunteers” I get in my yard are dandelions and crabgrass.

    You know, 30 – I was never good with plants until about 10 years ago. I know you’ll think this is whacky – but one I swear I heard plants singing/laughing while I was watering them. Ever since then, I’ve been connected in my haphazard way to growing things. Plus I love fresh veggies from the garden, so much better than any store, even the organic ones.
    WC

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  7. OMG…was that an entire year ago? How is it possible that time has flown that fast?

    Huz used to grow tomatoes, peppers, and fruits, when we had a large yard. I’d make fresh salsa at the end of every summer because I had so much. The canned salsa made awesome gifts in the following months.

    Yours make me miss his growing spurts.
    J

    Hey J!
    Yep, that really was a year ago. Too bad you’re not closer – I could give you some of my extras. 😉
    A

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  8. I think they are some type of squash? I cannot remember they definitely look like the ones I grew in my garden last year. I bet some bird snagged a yummy veggie from who know where and decided to gift your garden with seeds. 😉

    Yeah, I signed up for a garden site to see if I could find out. Somebody said they thought it was some variety of zuc – but in my search it looks like they are round one or round eight? A zuc hybrid. They are yummy – guess it doesn’t matter. LOL.
    Annie

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  9. OMGosh, them maters look sooooo goood!
    You and your cah-razy veggies. Wonder what’ll come up next year!!

    Oh I can’t wait for them to turn, Red – I check them everyday. I know, what is up with those crazy veggies? I’m not complaining, just not sure why the Mother Ship, drops the seeds in my yard is all. 😉
    Annie

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  10. Those are NOT cherry tomatoes. My goodness you are brave eating mystery food!

    Ah…but they are cherry tomatoes – on crack, albeit, but cherry tomatoes nonetheless. 😉
    A

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