Understory

Several humid days and a shower last week and the weeds are clearly winning. Some of the vegetables nearing its harvest date I am no longer weeding. Flowers I had started are nowhere to be seen. But when I leaned in closer, there were some surprises in the understory. The calendula flowers made it despite its short stature.

Calendula

Calendula

The towering plants surrounding the calendula included 2 foot high grass, green amaranth, and tomatillo plants that started from last year’s leftover fruits! Most of the suspected tomatillo plants were in tractor lanes or inconveniently located near sugar snap peas, and have been pulled or mowed. Since we never had enough time to weed the flower rows, these plants thrived. Nature did some bonus planting for me.

Tomatillo Surprise

Tomatillo Surprise

Nasturiums also made it in the understory of towering weeds. I spent some time chopping away some weeds, the sun should do them some good in the next week.

Nasturtium

Nasturtium

Marigolds also made it in the shade.

Marigolds

Marigolds

Borage is an annual herb with edible blue flowers. It is supposed to be a good companion plant to tomatos.

Borage

Borage

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