Jay Angler wrote:Maybe *your* self-seeding vegetables come up in the bed, but mine are much more free-spirited - in the paths, in the lawn, in the bucket that was abandoned... just about everywhere except where I intended them to be! It does make me watch my step until they're big enough to eat.
Daron Williams wrote:Mike – That sounds great. I was just thinking about planting a row of orach on the north ends of my beds and letting them come back year after year in that area. They would also work as a bit of a wind break 😊
Mart – Nice! Thanks for sharing! Have you found your plants doing better year after year since you are saving the seeds?
Thanks all for the comments!
Cécile Stelzer Johnson wrote:
Last year, I had a yellow flower about 3 ft tall growing about 1 ft away from the trunk of an apple tree. I never knew what it was but I noticed that my bees liked it, so I didn't remove it. [no, it was not mustard. I know mustard is invasive here and honey bees make a honey that sugars barely one week in the jar!] It made a seed receptacle that looked like a crown.
I didn't know what it was and I may never know, b
Cécile Stelzer Johnson wrote:We know that "Nature abhors a void" so I'm through trying to keep the area surrounding a tree "clean". If and when I get a volunteer, why not transplant it there? Last year I had a yellow flower about 3 ft tall growing about 1 ft away from the trunk of an apple tree. I never knew what it was but I noticed that my bees liked it, so I didn't remove it.
I didn't know what it was and I may never know, but how about flipping the paradigm, and instead of removing everything that messes the looks of the garden we forced ourselves to keep it and destroy it only after we identify it and determine that it is bad for the goals we have? A kind of "First do no harm" approach.
I bet we'd have more pollinators if we were no so obsessed with having a clean garden.
Tell me more about ground cherries, they grew wild on my old MO farm...I never knew they were good for anything. I bet I could get some for seed if I wanted there still.
Brenda Groth wrote:
don't know what the heck with the new guy..but
i had a thought about those self seeding carrots.
here we have a lot of wild queen annes lace..and there are poison hemlocks in some areas that i'm not sure but might crossbreed with carrots..so do be careful about your selfseeding carrots.
i'm sure there are other plants that might also crosspollinate with dangerous or useless plants ..foodwise..but this is the only one that came to mind immediately..