When we moved in here there were no vegetables, only empty vegetable beds, which was great. Before we moved in there was a decent flood. After we moved in we had another rather large flood. A year or two passed, then a vegetable seedling grew in amongst the grass and weeds in the vegetable garden path. It was from a vegetable that I have never planted, a seed that was here before we were. I noticed it one day as I was mowing the weeds/grass in the vegetable garden. I decided to mow around it as I liked its style.
|This is one of the descendants of the mystery vegetable|
I wasn't terribly certain what it was to begin with, I knew it was some type of brassica. I thought it was some form of Asian green, but having very little experience with them I did not know which one. I gave it some water to keep it alive but generally forgot to water it. I tried to gently pull some weeds near it but was scared of pulling it out too so left it to struggle against them. The kids stepped on it a few times because it was growing in a rather inconvenient place.
|More of my survivor tatsoi plants|
Brassicas tend to need other plants for cross pollination but I got a small amount of seed. Many of the seed pods had no seeds, many of the seeds were too small to germinate, being so hot and dry the aphids covered the flowers at times, even with all this stacked against it the survivor tatsoi set a decent number of viable seed. Quite often brassicas will have low or no germination if the population is too small, I had one individual and no other brassicas. Things did not look good. I planted a lot of the seed in the hope of enough germinating to get this strain going again and almost all of them germinated!
|Tatsoi in a vegetable bed, they no longer grow amongst grass|
What I have now is a strain of tatsoi that has overcome extreme hardship on pretty much every level. I call it "survivor tatsoi" as I do not have any way to tell what cultivar it would have originally come from. I hope to keep this strain going indefinitely from here on if I can.
I will probably be able to sell seeds of this tatsoi after the current batch flower/set seed and I test the seeds for germination rates. I do not sell seeds if the germination rates fall to 85%. When I do collect seed and test them they will be listed on my for sale page.