I took the cloches off the plants in the kitchen garden today. It was fairly warm, and one of the lettucelings seems to have gone all toasty and dry. But the others all look quite healthy. I took the row covers off temporarily to take a pictures, then put them back. A paper wasp showed up the minute they were off and hung out by the brassicas for a few minutes, as though she expected a white cabbage butterfly to show up, lay eggs, and hatch worms for her to take home and feed to her babies in the two seconds I had the row cover off. You gotta love a diligent worker like that…
The broccoli and brussels sprouts have gotten true leaves. One sprout has shown up where the agretti was planted, but I don’t know it well enough to know if it’s agretti or some random something else. The senposai and mizpoona have sprouted. Them, I can identify. I feel a little better about direct sowing them now, and hope the others won’t be too far off. There is more orach than there was before, as well as a couple of purslane sprouts. Between thinnings, volunteers, and edible weeds, I’m very close to being able to make quite a tasty salad for two.
Lettuce: spring Established
Brussels Sprouts Showing True Leaves
Brassica oleracea (Gemmifera Group)
Broccoli Showing True Leaves
Brassica oleracea (Italica Group)
Brassica rapa var. komatsuna