A few years ago, when Leyna was a baby, our backyard got a little out of control. Because babies make yard work fall to the bottom of priority lists.Easter image in overgrown yard

Look at wee Leyna and Kendall!

The tall grass and weeds made for a fun photo background, but eventually we had to mow it. (And by “we” of course I mean “Scott.”)

There was a huge, robust weed sprouting against our fence, but it was a pretty weed. Scott thought maybe it could be a bush of some sort. It was where our compost box once was. We moved it every year to a new spot, and always had random things sprouting up where it used to be.

So we left it. I think we mostly just wanted to see how big it would get before it died.

Except it never did.

And for a couple years after, we’d discuss pulling it each spring. If it was a tree, did we really want a random tree growing there? If it was a weed, it was clearly on crack, and did we want a cracked out weed in our backyard? It might eat the children.


But then, this year, it sprouted fuzzy little buds, and we confirmed that it was not a possessed weed, and was indeed the kind of tree we wanted to keep. It’s a peach tree.

Texas peaches from compost

We haphazardly sprouted a peach tree from our compost 4 years ago, and this year it yielded buckets full of delicious Texas peaches.

Texas peaches from compost

All we can guess is it must have come from a peach pit that originally belonged to a peach from a tree at my mom’s house.

Texas peaches from compost

I’m glad we let it grow.

Texas peaches from compostTexas peaches from compost

22 thoughts on “Let It Grow”

  1. I seriously wish our weeds would produce something so lovely! Instead, they just keep producing more weeds. And you know what that will get ya? A letter from the HOA. I think I would prefer peaches, ha!

  2. So cool. The little girl always takes her apple seeds and orange seeds into the back yard to plant. I always wonder if something will grow.

  3. Awesome–kind of a larger life lesson–Sometimes what we think are weeds–are actually beautiful fruit trees in progress 🙂 Love it–and the photos– 🙂

  4. My husband and I call it accidental landscaping. We have a huge strawberry patch next to our house where I tossed what I thought was a dead strawberry plant. That was 4 years ago now and every spring we harvest so many berries.

    My third daughter was born on Halloween last year so clean up of our decorative pumpkins didn’t really happen as planned. Now we have a massive pumpkin plant growing next to the house and some tiny little pumpkins have started.

    1. Ha! Same thing happened with our pumpkins a few years ago. They took over our whole yard! As exciting as that was, we’re now pretty careful about not composting the pumpkin seeds because, well, our yard isn’t that big.

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