Sorry about today’s harvest photo. I realized I forgot to take a photo halfway through dinner. I didn’t actually harvest the veggie burger; I more or less went outside to make salad and came inside and there it was (my partner is so cool).
Today’s salad was mostly spinach. I realized the bed where the tomatoes are going to go wasn’t thinned near as much as I thought it was and things were uncomfortably close together, which was bad, since things are simultaneously starting to get really big. I added two little beetberry plants; I meant to add one for thinning, but they were both right on top of each other and pulling one brought up the other. I also added a couple of arugula and creasy green leaves. Then I added all the nice looking lamb’s quarters I could find, and all the mustard seedlings from the backyard.
Now that I’ve gotten into harvesting weeds, it’s changing my perspective on growing greens. The mustard I let go to seed last year spread its seeds very far, although I think the furthest natural seed is about 6 feet away (in the spinach); the others were, I think, spread via the compost pile. And it’s red/purple, so the little mustard plants are beautiful and easy to find against the grass. It was almost more exciting to discover all the mustard seedlings than it was to harvest the neat plantings in the bed. I also took a bunch of the mustard microgreens that were leftover from the winter. They’re a pain to harvest; I think if I do them again, I need to do them in an inside pot in the dead of winter when I’m really enthusiastic about it, and not just a few weeks before I’ll be able to get the same thing faster and easier outside.
I don’t know what to make of red orach. I planted a bunch of it and gave a bunch of it to katxena; neither of us got it to sprout. I ended up with one measly plant that I let go to seed, and it’s popping up in a fairly contained area within a foot or so of where the parent plant went down last fall. But again, none of the plants I tried to start myself this year did anything. Go figure.
I’ve got purslane coming up between my stepping stones again. I couldn’t for the life of me get it to grow from planted seeds, but it just comes up for free, so why put it in the limited bed space?
I also let one lettuce go to seed because I didn’t notice it behind the longbean until it was pretty far along. Several plants have come up within a couple of feet of where it was.
If I can arrange my garden in an appropriate fashion, I think I’m going to double check which plants are inbreeding vs. outbreeding and make a patch of appropriate varieties and just let them do their thing without interference from me. I might plant one of each green of each variety for insurance, but it would open up more space in the beds.
Winter Mustard Harvesting
Mustard: Osaka Purple Harvesting
Lettuce: spring Harvesting
Creasy Greens Harvesting