We let many of our herbs and vegetables go to seed. We do this for three reasons:
- The flowers attract beneficial bugs into the garden, which keep the aphids (etc) in check.
- We practice ‘seed saving’, which allows us to keep sowing our favourite vegetables without having to buy new seeds.
- Down the track, the seeds end up germinating throughout our garden, giving us extra crops of our commonly-eaten plants.
Our lettuces are a perfect example. The photo above shows a lettuce that self-seeded in the middle of our driveway — a very useful weed! Lettuces have also sprung up amongst our beetroots, and in our other garden beds.
Fresh food with no effort? That’s what I call productive gardening 🙂