I ate the corn with some shishito peppers I'd grown. They were from my frozen collection...but there are still some on the bushes.
Served up also with a dried tomato salsa... these toms I had grown also.
At the moment, every day, I'm harvesting a Watermelon Radish to eat as well as an assortment of green things.: bok choy, celery leaf, coriander, Okinawan Spinach, oregano, spring onions, green beans, and/or kale.
The Winter has been good to me. During these colder months the kitchen garden has thrived.
No doubt unrecognised except by very few obsessives, Winter has been a great time for Prickly Pear nopales. So many small paddles (nopales) shoot forth that it is hard to keep up with them. What you want to pick are the very young nopales growing on nopales. The smaller they are, the more succulent.
Of course, the other feature outback is my scurvy weed (Commelina cyanea). The chooks may love to eat it but I do not partake.
However, it covers most of my beds with a sometimes thick jungling mat. It's fixing to flower soon but I've been at it with my sickle cutting it back while letting the cut stems fall thickly in situ.
I cull it I guess. Just to make sure it doesn't totally overwhelm my vegetables.
But you see if scurvy weed is 'a weed' I have no others except a couple of chick weed outbreaks. This time of year chick weed can take over. Touch wood, that nasty running grasses (like couch) are also suppressed.I am getting all of my topsoil released from its runners.
Do my plants -- my veges -- survive within this sea of Scurvy weed? They do indeed.
Do they thrive? Some may not. But the jury is still out on that.
I fear I am fretting more because it is not done to grow 'weeds' rather than responding to actual consequences.
Scurvy weed is my GREEN MULCH.
It's amazing stuff. It's everywhere. My assumption is that it is so shallow rooted that my vegetable and herb plants can coexist. No nasty bugs. Plenty of wormlife. I'm looking forward to the flowers to bring the bees.
Scurvy weed in any one patch can put out a lot of greenery and stems, that creates quite a bulk when decapitated and upturned. Living mulch is easily made dead.
My only problem is that when I sickle it back I may accidentally slice up a vegetable plant. I intervene by dint of the criterion that the Scurvy Weed can stay put so long as it does not smother my meal. Fortunately as vegetables grow up they themselves smother the Scurvy Weed.
Of course once I have Vetiver Grass at a height to harvest for mulch that will be laid down over Summer -- over the Scurvy Weed.
Vetiver Grass mulch suppresses Scurvy Weed growth.
The cycle of the seasons per self-sustaining mulching.
When the tomato grows up it will shade out the Scurvy Weed
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