Monday, April 17, 2017

Our Own Mustard "Field"


Wild mustard greens is one of my favorite foods. I like to sauté the greens in garlic and soy sauce. Add a bit of bacon grease, if I feel like being fancy. Yummm.

When I was a kid, it was common for the Daddy to pull our car beside an orchard or field full of wild mustard. The parents got out to collect bunches of greens, while I wandered about, gazing and doing who knows what.

These days I wouldn't gather any wild mustard unless I knew the property owner and was assured that the property is certified organic.

Last year, the Husband and I decided to grow our own mustard "field", not only for food but also to help put nutrients back into the soil. We purchased a pound of mustard seeds online, but sowed about a third of the bag. Toss is more precise. In December, I tossed the seeds willy-nilly into the backyard.

Today it's a mini jungle of green and yellow back there. Some of the mustard plants are nearly five feet tall. I read that these plants can grow between six and 20 feet. Do you think?

With all the mustard plants, we've only eaten greens three times. Domesticated mustard greens are not as flavorable as the wild stuff. But, who knows maybe next year's crop will be closer in taste.

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18 comments:

  1. That is large! I have never had any mustard seed from what I can remember. It sounds like it would be delicious on food.

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    1. The mustard leaves, Birgit, taste delicious. I haven't tried cooking with mustard seed, but now I' m going to give it a try. Some of the taller ones have started putting out seed pods.

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    1. It's neat having our own mustard growing. I suppose next year I can call any volunteer plants growing wild ones.

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  3. Edible and with pretty blooms, too!
    Have a great week!

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  4. It usually takes three generations for our 'store-bought' seeds to 'undomesticate' themselves. Clever little seeds! :)

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  5. Our turnip greens going to seed look just like mustard greens. They are all over our garden and the wild honeybees love it.

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    1. Are the flowers white and purple? I have a couple of wild radish plants in the front yard.

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  6. Mustard grows here in the fields and I always love the look of the yellow fields. Enjoy :)

    -Soma

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  7. You could get lost in your own mustard field if they really grow that tall! Really a neat story and it's great to have your own. What a winning deal .. lovely to look at (yellow always cheers me up), adding nutrients to the soil, and good to eat (maybe the ' tame' greens need more bacon grease...or pepper. Or siracha sauce ;))) whatever, I wish a had a mess of them right now..)

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Thanks for the good cheer. :-)