Sunday, May 06, 2007

Faith the size of a mustard seed

Today was a good day. I slept in while Mr. Gaia worked to prepare yet another side of the house for painting.

When it cooled off, I decided my bok choy had died enough that I could harvest the seeds. Bok choy is in the mustard family. Most of us have heard the bible quote "if you have faith the size of a mustard seed". Let me tell you, they're not the smallest seeds I've seen, but it takes a HUGE lot of them to look like you have any. I gathered enough to have two planting next year. The research I've done indicates the seeds won't need any special treatment.

After I gathered the seeds, I pulled out the plants. I now have a mostly open garden bed. The aphids had been having a field day on the bok choy and it was quite disgusting messing with the stalks. I should have caught some of the ladybugs that were feasting on the aphids and taken them to my poor Bengal Tiger rose in the front yard.

I cleared the johnsongrass out of the main bed I've been working on. There is still one plant that I need to get from the other side of the fence, but I've got to clear the alley area so that I can close the gate to get at it. AND the stupid thing is in the trunk/roots left after an oleander was removed, so it's going to be a pain to remove.


Tanya Brown said...

Wow; you collect your own seeds? THAT is dedication! I am impressed.

Gaia said...

It's something we do from time to time when it is easy.

My grandmother had a spare medicine cabinet in the bedroom off of her kitchen that was full of medicine bottles full of seeds. I come by it honestly.

So far we've had mixed success with saving our seeds.