Re-seeding left to Nature

Soon, the cool weather vegetables will grow, hopefully, to cover grounds which once bore its parent.  “It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree…”  Luke 13:19

Mine won’t be a great tree but I see signs that my Asian Spinach (Bayam/苋菜) is ready to grow and provide me with some excellent greens for Fall.  A mother plant, left to grow since Spring has produced thousands of seeds.

Bayam seeds on the mother plant.

Bayam seeds on the mother plant.

And these seeds are smaller, much smaller, than mustard seeds.

Micro size seeds

Micro size seeds

Yet they bring such joy, as signs of life emerge… slowly but surely, around their mother plant.

Asian spinach seedlings

Asian spinach seedlings

And soon I will have spinach stir-fries ~ with olive oil & garlic; with sambal paste; with salted beans & tofu … *sigh* I wish Popeye is a neighbor, I’d gladly share.

Just for information, I do not uproot each plant for harvest. I cut off each stem leaving 2″ and 8 out of 10 will regrow, as if they have been coppiced.  Roots left in the ground will eventually turn to compost and feed the worms and their micro buddies in the soil… it’s just a stage in the biological life cycle.  :mrgreen:


7 responses to “Re-seeding left to Nature

  1. Hi Vin, I wonder what your spinach tree look like. I have a big one and it had white flowers but i cut it down, trying to kill it, took so much room in my limited ground and i never did anything with it. I am not sure if it’s the same plant that you are talking about. Do u have pictures ? Thanks, Lola


    • Bayam won’t become a tree, it stays a spinach though it can get to about 3ft & the stems then become tough, not very edible. I don’t think I can attach a pic in a reply box. Will PM you.


  2. Oh yes! Love Bayam! Man..I can live in your garden!!

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