We have 3 raised beds in our yard. I keep herbs in 2 of them and strawberries in the other one. The strawberry bed is new and the plants are not very big yet. After filling that box with compost and planting the strawberries we noticed some other plants emerging. We had no idea what they were, since they came from the compost. We figured they would not produce, but left them there anyway, as they were not hurting anything. Soon after sprouting, we knew one was a tomato plant….no idea what kind, but definatly tomato. The plant really grew, and flowered, lots of flowers. Now that time had passed, we also knew the other plants were some kind of melons. Again lots of flowers. Now we have raised beds out futher on our property that we actually plant seeds and expect production!!! As summer marched on, our zukes and yellow squash were a wash…not one veg off any of the plants. Very disappointing!! We are not one of the states in a drought, in fact we have had rain a lot this summer…it is raining right now, again, after raining earlier today. I noticed a few tomatos on the plant in the yard, and was surprised. These were probably seeds thrown in the compost from tomatos I had bought from the store before our garden produced our own tomatos. As they grew I was even more surprised at the size of them. They were plum tomatos, but huge!! Much larger than the plum tomatos I had grown loveingly from seeds, planted and watered carefully. Remember this plant had just grown in this spot. It wasn’t even staked up like mine out back were….lol!! And to boot, the other plants now had some kind of fruit growing on them too. We had no idea what they would turn out to be, but whatever it was, it was round….watermelon, cantalope, honeydew, …???? It turned out to be cantalope. The fruits are big and beautiful. It looks like we are going to have a good amount. The tomatos are still on the plant, big and plump. I plan on saving the seeds from those tomatos to see how they do next season. Funny how things work out…our planned garden is not doing as much as we’d like it to, but the plants that ended up in the strawberry bed…unplanned, are doing just fine. Life often follows suit….the unplanned events are often the most rewarding!!