Discussion in 'Planting, growing, nurturing Plants' started by Binary, Sep 12, 2011.
...comes with oil
...and probably GM
...is a major commercial crop
ok ok I can't stand this tension!
(insert smug smilie here)
Doesn't look like the canola where I live.
A mustard, canola, turnip greens? Who knows? Brassicas are such a diverse lot it'll be very difficult, if not impossible to identify it definitively.
I have been thinking wild mustard but I think its a little too big?
Shes now about 1.3Mtrs high, going strong
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How about brassica juncea, Indian mustard?
See the second photo here:
Leaf shape looks similar, pointed
From what I read the Indian mustard leaves are supposed to taste like "rocket fuel" (I assume hot) these ones are tasteless.
Anyway, it is looking like it is going to be a great mulch plant, might be able to get a number of them growing next year.
It looks like our mustard which is now starting to form seed pods and is almost 5 foot high.
The leaves of ours are each separated rather than the three joined though.
Taste a little bit to see what it tastes like on your tongue then spit it out.
If its mustard then it will taste like it and just alittle done as above wont hurt you.
Leaves don't really taste like anything. I am well confused. Anyway the bees are going nuts over it so will be keeping some seeds for sure
Very pleased with the plant - Just a bit of an update:
Lots of Bees
Many many aphids
Lots of parasitic wasps :grin:, delivering a special gift for the aphids.
Ladybugs spotted today, should have some ladybug larvae soon
A few caterpillars, spotted one get stung by a parasitic wasp
As it is getting bigger, it looks more like what we here in the backblocks (Darling Downs) call Wild Turnip.
Farmers spend awful amounts of money trying to get rid of it from their paddocks (but ignore it if it's growing on the roadside ... Doh!).
It (Wild Turnip) is - from what I've been able to find out - a brassica, seems to have some sort of resistance to glyphosate (the poison of choice around here) - so we permies should consider it a super-weed! - and, as far as I can see, seems to make a great chop'n'drop green manure.
Seems to grow mainly in paddocks that have been flogged for many years, so is probably a recovery-type plant, and something about it (no scientific reason, just a "feeling in my water") tells me that if you let it grow, drop, and do it's thing for a couple of years, you probably won't see it again (unless that patch is "flogged" again)
It is possible it is Wild Turnip. I guess as long as the seeds do not harm the chickens it is not really a concern what it is. The plant is doing a great job generating mulch and giving the aphids somewhere to be hunted down
Happy to report yesterday hoverflies were spotted laying eggs, and some larvae already at work munching on aphids
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