Sunday, October 16, 2011

Herb Garden Volunteers



Does your garden reseed itself? Mine does, all over the place, but I like that! It gives me a second crop of everything, naturally. It's not in neat little rows, of course, it's in patches. Larges patches of spinach, green onions, chives, cilantro, thyme, oregano and anything else I leave to go to seed. I let everything go to seed because I have a seed store.
A lot of it escapes before I harvest it and I always lose some in the harvesting anyway, so I get a lot of volunteers. I love them! I am still cutting from a large, reseeded patch of spinach resulting from just one plant left to go to seed. I have a lot of cilantro growing all over the garden. That stuff really grows wild! I have baby chives coming up all over, baby dandelions, baby purslane, baby thyme and baby oregano.

I'm sure I would also have baby catnip, mint and choc mint, if I let those go to seed too. I will probably let them go that long next year so I have seed for the seed store but this year I cut them back and dried them.
If you keep your garden spotlessly clean, weed regularly or mulch heavily you will never know the joy of harvesting volunteers. I like my garden the way it is. Everything grows well and is green and healthy, shown by the ability of the plants to reproduce themselves all over the place. I do pull some weeds, but the useful things get left to grow.





4 comments:

Jane said...

Oh extra spinach! I would be so happy to have that bounty! I use it in everything, and sneak it into whatever I can for the kiddos.

The Japanese Redneck said...

I like volunteers too!

wheatgerm said...

I love what I see

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

We have tomatoes that pop up all over the garden, and squash, and mizuna. I agree, it's much less fun to mulch and weed, and the chickens love finding the occasional unexpected treat too!