I’ve read several postings about people with squash volunteers and can relate, since I have a nice pumpkin vine currently growing in my compost.
Since my garden had so much destruction this year, I’ve taken a very liberal view toward volunteers. If it’s a desirable plant, it’s pretty much been left to grow, regardless of where it planted itself.
In addition to the pumpkin, I have a whole bunch of nasturiums that have cropped up in various beds and on the path, and those I’ve left to grow as they please. Pretty flowers that you can eat – what’s not to like?
I also have a volunteer tomatillo, a couple of nice sunflowers, a tomato, and – the biggest surprise of all – a muskmelon and watermelon also appear to be trying to grow! Might I have homegrown melon after all? I’m trying not to hope for too much.
Cosmos seeds apparently sprayed out in a nice arc when the tree fell and happen to have conviently seeded themselves in an otherwise empty area. So, suddenly I have a cosmos bed.
The only volunteer I’ve been removing are some of the ground cherries. Those things seed themselves everywhere if you let them, and we just don’t need more than 6 plants. Luckily they are very easy to remove.
So, regardless of where they’ve decided to grow this year, I have a whole bunch of nice, new plants to enjoy.
Now, if all those weeds would just stop seeding themselves too….