Our first red tomato isn’t coming from the plants we intentionally started in the garden beds—it’s coming from a volunteer plant!
What’s a volunteer?
A volunteer plant is any plant that grows on its own instead of being deliberately planted. For example, our tomato plant probably came from seeds that dropped in the soil during last summer’s tomato harvest. Sometimes volunteer plants can be a total surprise– like a melon that pops up in the middle of your kale patch.
Volunteer plants are also generally more hardy and delicious, because they’ve developed hardily instead of starting in a seed tray.