The Miracle of Seeds

As we approach the March Against Monsanto globally, it’s important to spread the knowledge of seeds, bees and the processes of nature in our daily lives. I hope you enjoy this blog by Shawndra Miller!

Shawndra Miller

I’ve been thinking about how tenacious life is, encapsulated in a tiny seed. Some seeds I plant, but others sprout all on their own.

I’m probably the only person on my block who gives a cheer when she sees these coming up.

Lamb's quarters Lamb’s quarters

These are lamb’s quarters, considered a weed, but deliberately planted two years ago in my garden. This is the second year they will have reseeded, and I can’t wait to taste them again when they get a little bigger. (They’re terrific fried crispy in my cast-iron skillet, with a couple eggs cracked over them. And incredibly energizing, as all edible weeds are.)

Here is part of another patch of self-sowing plants that are on their third (or fourth?) year of growing freely in my garden: arugula.

Arugula volunteers in leaf mulch Arugula “volunteers” in leaf mulch

I wasn’t sure they would come up this year because I mulched so heavily last…

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