There are some areas of our garden that are pretty much just sand. Hydrophobic sand that is so scared of water that it just shunts it across its surface to a section more accepting. So we've been working (a little bit, quite sporadically) on improving it. We've added clay particles and cow poo and I got MR to dig me a hole and I was chucking veggie scraps in it and covering them over to add some nice organic matter so that maybe, some time in the future, we might be able to get something to grow there.
A few weeks after doing that for about a week and then forgetting, I remembered and went to chuck out some more scraps only to find a little plant growing in one corner. It looked like a veggie plant to me so I gave it some water and threw the scraps elsewhere. A couple of months later it is now huge, taking up a whole corner of our garden that was previously just sand and had nothing growing it in. It is starting to spread its tendrils out across the path to our front door. And the flowers have opened now too, they are about the size of my palm. I've been nursing it through the heat, watering it in the morning before I go out and in the afternoon when I get home to droopy wilted leaves and it seems to be coping okay. I'm hoping that all those flowers do turn into tasty homegrown veggies.
I have no idea what it is, having only ever grown tomatoes and peas before. MR reckons a pumpkin and that is possible because I do remember throwing pumpkin gizzards into the hole. I'm hoping for cucumber though because I don't really eat pumpkin very often. Maybe I'll have to start.
Any ideas what it is?