So far this years summer garden has taken a beating. The squirrel oddly enough was only a small problem. This past week our area has been surrounded by non stop storms. Our yard had flooded and wind broke some trees again as it did last year. In the midst of this I lost 76 seedlings. My pea and beans are gone as well. It’s still early to start over for the summer garden but also it will be that much more difficult to stay on track.
Our weather chaos continued today, we lost power early this morning due to damage caused by the storm. It’s still pretty windy and rain is on its merry way again. Spent most the day re-planting seeds and cleaning up the mess the storm left behind. It won’t discourage me at all, in fact I have had to re-start several times over the last few years. A little wild weather and lost plants won’t stop me!
There were survivors though, through all this craziness, most my winter plants made it through including Mustard.
This is the Mustard plant, below is a Large Leaf Mustard, or Mustard Greens. Both of which you can eat the leaves, but the above – Mustard, is the one you want for Mustard Seeds, the seeds you use in cooking. You can ground them up for ground mustard as well.
Large Leaf Mustard Greens
Mustard plant before it goes to seed
Once the plant goes to flower you wait till the seed pods grow. They will be almost 3 inches long, and will simply dry out sooner or later. Once they do, snip it off and open it up to collect the yellow mustard seeds. Since we had no power today I couldn’t charge my camera, but the seed pods look just like this picture I took of some flowers. Same idea behind collection.
Crazy week I’m telling you! Always an adventure around here 🙂
If you keep up with my garden each week I’d like to have you head over to Mellissa, over at Something Like Life . Mellissa will be joining me in weekly garden updates, and you can track the crazy stuff that happens in each of our backyards. Last year Mellissa ended up growing a tomato out of a water bottle, it was pretty neat, you won’t want to miss our weekly updates There’s always stuff happening and who knows you may pick up some neat tips along the way! She’s got some cute Cornish chicks that area already causing her some trouble !