That Bok Choy was wonderful in stir fries all spring. The last two are now gifting my garden with beautiful yellow flowers that will eventually bear seed pods for next years garden. In the meantime they are providing both nectar and cover for the beneficial insects that call my garden home.
As I have harvested the Bok Choy I have pulled back the mulch and planted the seeds of Dill and Marigolds. Both are great plants to go to seed in the garden. The Dill will provide seeds for my pickles during the summer saving me money having to not purchase them. The right kind of marigolds can also help control nematodes in the gardens. I keep a plastic mayonnaise jar full of marigold seeds. I also saved about 6 foot of my mustard green row to go to seed to not only provide flowers but also seeds for next years mustard crop. My Black Seeded Simpson lettuce will also go to seed now for seeds for next year. This helps to keep the cost of seeds down for us and allows me to spend my allotted seed money on new varieties that I like to try.
The same thing with a small portion of my spinach harvest. Remember both spinach and lettuce taste bad after they go to seed. So if you want to continue to eat spinach you will have to plant a new batch.
Another thing that helps with beneficial insects is that one garden borders this hay field full of an assortment of grasses. The perfect place for an assortment of beneficial insects that will help to control the bad bug population in and around my gardens. The more habitat I can provide for those good bugs means the less problems I will have with the bad ones.
I remember as a child my parents always planted an entire row of zinnias, marigolds and touch me nots right down the middle of their huge garden. At the end of the season they gathered the dried seeds in a big pillow case that hung in the laundry room from the rafters until the next garden season. That row of blossoms was always buzzing with honey bees, dragon flies and butterflies. As kids we spent hours chasing dragon flies and trying to catch them from that row along with the butterflies. Mama's honey bee hives were right on the other side of the fence and enjoyed the blossoms as well.
So live dangerously and let a few things go to seed. You might be surprised what comes up next year : )
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter