Having some extra time over these festive days , has got me to thinking about the 2015 growing season, and what I will actually be growing as far as vegetable, herbs, or any wild plants are concerned. BUT
I have come to see that in my 10 raised beds there are several beds that are now well covered with wild plants such as Dandelions, Plantain, Feverfew, Borage, Cleavers, Nettles, and many more. I don’t want to uproot these plants to make space for my vegetables, neither do I want to cover the beds with too much leaf mould during the winter months so as not to kill these wild plants (they grow wonderfully well). I forgot to mention that we are having a very mild winter so far, we only had about two nights of frost, and the temperature is between 5 and 10 Celsius during the day. Though I am experimenting with permaculture, and so growing everything mixed, I am not sure how it is affecting my soil to have plants growing all winter and all summer. I am rotating the plants all right. I think though that for the coming year I am going to experiment with doing just that, grow Bean beside Dandelion, beside Cleavers, beside Lettuce, beside Nettles, etc….. I cannot just destroy my valuable wild plants, it makes no sense, no I am going to use them in the kitchen. I am already getting excited when I think about it. Cooking with wild plants as part of providing nutrition, vitamins and especially minerals is cool. I am doing an online herbal course and learning as I go along so it should all fall into place. Well that is what I am thinking about for the New Year.