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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Happy in the garden, fighting with his weeds!

My handsome Chef has been gardening organically for as long as I have known him and I am sure for quite some time before that. His gardening skills have really started to show here in Ireland as he can grow 12 months of the year. This is a very cool concept for Ron and he is a few weeks away from getting his very own poly tunnel! (plastic dome that hopefully will not blow away).
One of the many challenges organic growers are harnessed with is trying to come up with clever ways to dispose of the nasty snails/slugs, caterpillars, bugs etc. that want to share the delicious veggies he has labored so hard for.

Luckily for my Chef, he has 2 avid helpers. He has taught Jack how to pick and smash the snails or caterpillars with his bare hands (aaaaagh - yeuch!) and even Ms. Rory Belle is trying her hand at picking off the bugs and tossing them! The garden is in full bloom right now, and we are eating most of it as it comes into season. Lots of rainbow radishes, green onions, salad greens - Rocket, endive, chard and some beet greens too! Potatoes and Cabbage are coming on strong but not in season unitil late next month!

He has even planted a few tomato plants in the hopes that he will get a ripe one or two, but without a poly tunnel it would be highly unlikely for this to happen. However, they sure are thriving!

All in all, the growing season has gotten off to a great start and there is lots more to come!
That is all the WiseWords I have for today,


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