I am a bit of a cowboy when it comes to my farming practices. My approach to growing vegetables is very much like my approach to life in general; no nonsense, straight to the point. It is what it is, not trying to make it anything more or less. There is no fiddling around with soil testing kits, special blends of fertilizer or special farming techniques. We try to keep it simple and easy.
Our focus with growing food is to have a steady supply of fresh, healthy food for our kitchen needs; to be self-sustained and to support our low-expense, occasional income lifestyle. We do not apply state of the art farming techniques nor do we have access to high tech equipment. We work with what we have.
We have only limited space available as we live on a small suburban plot, so we have to utilize the space to its utmost ability. As the soil condition is poor because of neglect by previous tenants, we have opted for a pallet garden this season. We currently have ten wooden pallets in production and are amazed at the success that we are experiencing.
We only started planting mustard greens for the first time during the previous season. The abundant yield of this unfamiliar leafy vegetable astounded us. As it makes for easy, uncomplicated growing, we opted to make it part of this seasons planting again and so far, we have not been disappointed.
We have sown the seeds directly into the pallets filled with a mixture of potting soil and organic compost. Within three weeks, we picked the first leaves. We companion planted the mustard spinach with swiss chard, lettuce, parsley and rocket.
This seemingly insignificant plant houses a vast amount of nutritional value. Packed with vitamin A, C, folate and vitamin B-6 as well as calcium, this plant taste sweeter than spinach and contains less undesirable oxalic acid.
Because of the generous crop, I will be trying my hand at freezing these greens this season.
To have this vegetable in our garden is a privilege to us, as it is not locally available in stores.
This easy to grow, simple to prepare vegetable naturally compliments our uncomplicated lifestyle.