Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Let Your Salad Bloom

The bees love the early blooms of cold-weather salad greens.



The winter salad bed I showed you a little while back is now rapidly going to seed in our warming weather.


We planted a big mess of stuff, like usual, and we'll end up with plenty of seeds before too long. Mustard, lettuces, various unknowns... and cilantro:


There's a constant progression of insects buzzing around this bed. Wasps, bees, moths, butterflies... it's fantastic.


Being a neatnik and yanking out plants that have bolted keeps you from reaping the secondary benefit of attracting beneficial creatures to your yard.

Slow down and enjoy life a bit. Watching insects is better than having a fishtank... and lower maintenance.

Plus, the flowers are pretty in their own right.


I have a gardening friend who regularly lets her broccoli go into full bloom... just for the bees. It's a good practice to embrace.

4 Comments:

At March 4, 2014 at 7:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love to eat those flowers too. Taste just like broccoli

 
At March 4, 2014 at 8:05 AM , Blogger Elizabeth Hart said...

Geeez. . . I'm a neatnik and I have a fishtank. ;-)

 
At March 4, 2014 at 8:59 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Oh yeah. My kids love 'em.

 
At March 4, 2014 at 8:59 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

(snicker)

 

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