Bolted, Pulled and Planted again!

by - July 13, 2012

Yesterday afternoon, Scooby and I were pulling weeds out of the gravel at the crawl space access, when I noticed there was a bed of baby arugula. I didn't plant it there, but back in the spring when I relocated a bed to add the gravel, there was an arugula plant that had already gone to seed. It turns out that all those seeds were dropped in the gravel.





It's somewhat of a dream of mine to have a self-planting garden at least when it comes to annual herbs and lettuces. I always leave several heads of lettuce to bolt and flower so that I don't have to purchase new seed. Most of the time, I just sprinkle the seed right away and hope for the best over fall and winter. Sometimes I let it dry in a ramekin on the kitchen counter and bag it for the following spring. 

Renee's Garden sent me a friendly reminder of the crops that can use a second planting. I'm already of top of many of these (carrots, lettuces, cilantro) and have sprouts. I'm not a fan of many of the winter greens and have given up on broccoli because of the worms, but you bet your britches I'll be trying spinach and peas again. This spring my spinach revolted and decided it would have none of my garden.


Vegetables and Herbs for Second Season Planting*:
Herbs
Vegetables
Arugula
Beets
Lettuce
Borage
Broccoli Raab
Mache
Chervil
Broccoli
Mesclun Mixes
Chives
Carrots
Pak Choi
Cilantro
Chard
Peas
Dill
Fennel, bulbing
Radishes
Parsley
Kale
Salad Greens
Watercress
Kohlrabi
Scallions
Leeks
Spinach

 *I am a media rep for Renee's Garden (you can be one too!). Each spring they let me pick seed varieties to try. I get no compensation for any bragging I do on their products or mentioning them on my blog or on Twitter.

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