Monday, May 10, 2010

Harvest Monday - Soil Seed Bank

"You reap what you sow," said a farmer

Yummy self sown salad plants.

"1 year in seed, 7 years in weed," said the gardener

Going clockwise from 12 o'clock, we have mustard, orach, magenta spreen, bietina (type of chard), coriander and kale. Just a selection of self starters in the garden.

"Like money in the bank," said the plant...

By letting my salad plants set seed and sow themselves, I'm filling the soil seed bank with plants that I want to withdraw. All these babies were taken from the area that I have recently reseeded for lawn to sell our house. It used to be a vegetable garden. The larder was so full of these desirables that I haven't yet removed a weed that wasn't edible.


I'm excited to announce that I will be uploading an interview with Hida Manns about Mycorrhizal fungi this week. Stay tuned!


michelle said...

Oh yes, you do have to love the good volunteers, sometimes they do better than the ones you sow.

Daphne said...

I have a lot of volunteer lettuce seedlings this year. I tried collecting all the seed, but you just know that never happens. Some always escapes and sows it self all over.

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful collection of self starting plants. Beautiful colors.
I think that I could never let them grow like that, as I like organizing things just too much. This weekend I saw a self seeded tomato seedling, growing in the middle of kale bed. It had to go out...

miss m said...

Gotta love freebies !

Mac said...

I love veggie and herb volunteers, your little veg bouquet is beautiful.