Here comes the rain again…
That could also be a proper headline for this update from my kitchen garden. It rained a lot lately. So much, that my lettuces are starting to rot from the bottom. I have already removed some leaves to increase the distance between soil and lettuce. So far this tactic seems to work. But I had to litter 5 heads of lettuce, because they were rotten to their hearts. But since I have at least 26 heads of lettuce to eat all by myself, that loss isn’t that tragic.
The lettuces taste fabulous! I love the curled lettuce most and since they are all big engough to harvest them, I have salad every night right now. Sometimes as a side dish and sometimes as the main event. For example with fresh strawberries and balsamic syrup.
I have also harvested a couple of radishes and have eatem them right away :-). The next days I am starting to harvest the white kohlrabi and also the fennel looks almost big enough to enjoy.
Beside the rotten lettuces, I also had to remove two heads of cauliflower. A bunch of caterpillars had lunch their and left me with only the frame of the leaves. I picked each up and put them on the compost. They can eat the weed there, not my cauliflower ?.
Also a few rabbits seem to have fun in my garden. At least I think that, when I see their dump. They like my pointed cabbage and red cabbage. I am still thinking about throwing over a net, to protect the cabbage of further damages. For now it is not so bad.
I am now starting to get an idea what it means to be farmer. All the work and worries. I never thought, that I would harvest 100% of the planted crops, but all the things that can happen to spoil your harvest, I am learning every day.
But nevertheless I enjoy my kitchen garden. When I drive home from work and pick up a salad for dinner it is probably hilarious to see, when I cram my business suit pants in my gumboots and stand in the middle of the field bending over. The time that my garden requires for maitenance is very limited. I work there about an hour per week, which I find more than reasonable. The main exercise is to pull up weeds. I guess I pulled out three times the amount of weeds to crops.
In a few minutes I am driving there again, to see what the darling animals have been up to and if they left me some crops.
See you soon with an update from my garden!