Our weeds are lettuces

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A rogue lettuce, growing in our driveway
A rogue lettuce, growing in our driveway

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 🙂


2 thoughts on “Our weeds are lettuces

    solarbeez said:
    December 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I agree…very important to save your own seeds. You don’t have to buy them and you know they won’t be coated with something bad. We’ve grown a lot of kale. Now whenever we use compost, the seeds sprout all over the place. Kale is one of those super foods that’s good for you, so I don’t have the heart to pull it out, but we do use them for ‘cut greens’ in salads.

    Our weeds are purple beans « Lewisham House said:
    March 12, 2014 at 2:54 pm

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