Friday, 27 November 2015

Silverbeet flower

To watch a plant go to seed gives you a whole new appreciation of our living world. How could you pull out something so beautiful?

I love the way the flower heads of silverbeet whorl out. They then provide food for our all important insect gardeners and seed for next years beet -which will germinate in perfect timing. This will be easier if the plant is left to end its cycle in situ and drop the required mulch onto the ground around seeds.

It provides a great service to the soil and its many residents by keeping it shaded during the hot summer.

Although I must admit I do sometimes rogue out weaker plants, collect some seed just in case and tie up plants that cross paths.

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