Sinapis arvensis is a wild relative of yellow mustard. Although this species is edible, it is not as tasty as other wild mustards. The stems and young leaves are covered in rough spines and the tougher leaf stems should probably be removed before cooking. Always make sure you're 100% certain of the identity of the plant before eating wild edibles to avoid potential risk of poisoning.

After a tornado ripped through my neighborhood during Memorial Day weekend, there was a massive outbreak of Japanese Beetles. They went straight to my basil plants and turned their leaves into Swiss Cheese. Without any basswood trees for the beetles to feed on after the tornado uprooted most of the trees, the hungry beetles devoured my garden plants.

Back in September 2018, I harvested some wild redroot amaranth from Belleview Park in Steubenville, OH. This species has tasty greens that can be cooked like spinnach, but the hard, black seeds can also be popped like popcorn. Since this was my first attempt, the process took much longer than it could have. In the growing season of 2019, I grew this same plant again in my garden along with some more thoroughly domesticated species of amaranth. The grain yields for wild redroot amaranth are small in comparison to more domesticated species. I only got 2.3 ounces of seed from 28 redroot amaranth plants while I got 5.3 ounces of seed from my Burgundy amaranth (A. hypochondriacus) during the same year from only 16 plants.

I am very disappointed in the tomatoes I grew from seed gathered from the volunteer Steubenville tomatoes back in 2018. The plants were sickly, and none of the plants yielded more than five tomatoes. Many of the tomatoes had bland flavor compared to the parent fruit.

I found this pumpkin plant growing wild on an abandoned gulf course in Steubenville, Ohio on August 28, 2018. The plant was very healthy and showed no signs of disease. Unfortunately, the plant got plowed over on September 7 before the pumpkins fully ripened. I salvaged what seeds I could from the pumpkins and let them dry for a week. Nevertheless, the seeds were shriveled and did not look viable after drying. In spite of this, I found another volunteer pumpkin growing in the yard of an abandoned house in Beavercreek, Ohio in October, 2019. This second pumpkin plant had fruits that were small like pie pumpkins but watery tasting like zucchini and jack-o-lanterns

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I originally found this volunteer tomato plant on September 16, 2018 growing next to a compost pile outside the landscape maintenance building at Franciscan University. By the time the tomatoes were ripe enough to easily come off the vine, they were still pale red in color and had firm flesh. Hopefully they still taste good. I’ll post an update to the description if I get a chance to taste the tomatoes.

Update Oct. 7, 2018: I finally got a chance to taste the tomato while scooping out the seeds. In spite of having flesh firmer than most beefsteak tomatoes I’ve grown and pale red skin, the flesh was still juicy and flavorful. I am definitely planning on growing some seeds from this fruit next year and canning some to make tomato sauce.


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