The joke in our garden is
I plant. . .God laughs.
Last year we had so many things come up from seed,
it was difficult to tell what we had actually planted.
If a spud pops through somewhere, so be it.
I leave it to grow
We do rotate what is planted in each plot each year; however,
last year we had a bumper crop of parsley - in the potatoes,
some fabulous spinach - in the onions,
of course borage - everywhere!
cherry tomatoes in the carrots and beets and so on.
It is actually almost comical that I put markers in the ground.
This year, as I was wondering around out in the plots
looking and visually planning, I noticed something.
It was there amongst the weeds.
I was absolutely delighted.
A seed carrot!
In case you didn't realize, let me explain a little.
If you put an heirloom (not hybrid) seed in the ground to grow a carrot,
a carrot grows during that growing season.
Come late fall, the tops die back.
It does not "go to seed" (like our spinach, borage, and tomatoes.)
Depending upon the climate where you live,
it will either rot or keep until the next year.
This carrot actually survived our winter and is growing back.
This year at the end of the growing season,
I put the tomato cage around it and
told Mr. LB (probably a little too often) to watch out for the carrot.
I have wanted to try to over-winter a few carrots for seeds
every year we've planted them.
Buuuttt, they are so delicious and never seem to be in a good spot.
This one is definitely not in a great spot,
but since the good Lord let it grow, I ain't a'stoppin' it!
I will have to let you know come fall, if it bares seed.