While on this excursion, we past by Tom's "mustard experiment". At last year's Horticulture Industry Show (HIS), he picked up a free packet of Mighty Mustard seed, http://www.mightymustard.com/. Mustard is a strong green, similar to turnip greens, that can be eaten raw or cooked. We often add young mustard leaves to our spring salad mix that we sell at the farmers' market. However, Mighty Mustard varieties have been developed to use as cover crops and contain glucosinolates that act as natural chemical agents to help control many soil borne pathogens and weeds, making them an effective, all-natural alternative to chemical pesticides and herbicides.
So, Tom planted his free packet of seed this fall. There were 2 varieties of mustard in the packet, Pacific Gold and Ida Gold. He planted them side by side. When Sally and I walked past them a little while ago here is what they looked like.
Another thing I was amazed to find, especially at this time of year, was the following flower.
It looks as if Mighty Mustard is determined to flower and try to produce seed until the weather finally gets cold enough to do it in.