The Lifecycle of the Mustard Seed


tatsoi sprouts 

The mustard seed is a truly remarkable specimen. Ranging from 1-2 millimeters in diameter and colored yellowish white to black, these tiniest of seeds have a full lifecycle. Once planted in the ground, mustard seeds spring forth edible leaves and flowers and eventually form seed pods bursting with new life. Discovering the lifecycle of the mustard seed from experimenting in my garden was an exciting process.

When we watch for daily changes, simple lessons emerge. 

May: Planting the Seeds

On May 8th, I planted Tatsoi mustard seeds from a packet. In just 12 days, my little green sprouts were shooting out of the ground.  (See lead photo)

June: Harvesting the Greens 

In less than a month, the sprouts evolved into spicy and crunchy green leaves that were ready to harvest.

bed of greens 

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