Red Shoulder Hawk

Red Shoulder Hawk

Monday, May 04, 2009

More Unintended Benefits of Thinning

We sow seeds thickly. We also inter-crop intensively; lettuces, radishes, carrots, mustards and kales, all sown together. Two benefits have already become apparent: pests can't get a very good grip on the crop (mustard seems especially good at keeping slugs away) and as we thin baby plants, we get a harvest much sooner than if we had to wait for full maturation. As long as seeds are cheap, this will be a good strategy.

Two benefits showed up over time: the cats don't poop in the beds (they prefer fluffy dirt, not soil filled with growing things) and now, this. Jori thinned some kale, and made an edible "floral" arrangement with it.

I've been really enjoying wandering through the kitchen and eating a few leaves. As if going down to the garden were any great burden! But here are greens, in the kitchen, succulent and tasty, just waiting to go into my mouth.

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