Yes I realize that ancillary farm concerns like goats, bunnies, and winemaking have hijacked this erstwhile gardening blog of late. And I do apologize to all who check in to, you know, talk plants! It’s been fairly boring blogging lately on that score.
And, walking around the gardens today over lunch, I realize the outdoor gardens are going to be pretty boring this year too. Unlike in past years, I am all caught up with my plantings for the end of April, and so everything planted is “up”. It’s fun saying “it’s all up,” at least to myself…it’s gratifying to see the favas and peas break the soil, and the hopeful, strong spurts of greenery from the potatoes. But boring! Easily a third of the beds are dedicated JUST to peas, favas, onions, and potatoes…I would say 20% of all the beds out there are potatoes alone. Potatoes, at least after their early shoots, are decidedly unsexy garden plants.
Am I expressing a bias? “SUBSISTENCE FARMING IS NOT SEX-AY.” The high calorie foods like potatoes, corn and carrots really aren’t traffic-stopping beauties when found in your garden beds. Sorry. It’s true.
Maybe you just need flowers to be sexy. There aren’t many flowers from edible plants at this time of year, but at our place plenty of horticultural eyecandy can be found going to seed in the greenhouses. The low-calorie foods (lettuces, kales, onions) are putting on quite a show! And, considering that so few of them will be allowed to complete the seed cycle yet still have high value as goat and rabbit food, they’re allowed to go ahead and look their blushing best.
Mike’s Wild Red lettuce (what a hit: a romaine/looseleaf cross, quite striking really (thanks, Mike!))