We're learning every corner of our property, whether it's a pile of old wood or a gathering of leaves, play a wonderfully important part in the larger ecosystem. They depend on their surrounding plants and wildlife, and others are also dependant on them.
I'm far more careful now not to tread on mushrooms like this little beauty, as I know now it is working hard underground helping to better our soil health. And depending on which fungi it might be, can help transfer nutrients between plants underground.
And where we used to pull plants when they were nearly (what I thought) was the end of their useful days, I'm now leaving at least one to go to seed.
These broad bean flowers are branching out from the sturdiest thickest stem we've ever grown. This plant along with a few friends, self seeded from last years crop, and will bear just enough succulent broad beans for our family this year, with not an once of work on our part.
|Self seeded healthy Broad Beans|
Situated next to self seeded coriander, amongst a healthy wad of organic mulch