Sunday, August 10, 2014
The Pathetic Garden and Its Wan and Lumpy Produce
Then there are the lacinato kale plants that I grew from seed out side the square foot to augment the curly Russian kale starts that I put inside the square. The lacinato did pretty well for a few weeks; then overnight it was stripped by a few little green caterpillars, leaving all the lacinato kale plants looking like pine twigs. Drawing 2962 is of one of the curly Russian kales, bigger, but with leaves reduced to lace by a slightly fatter and browner but still small caterpillar. And finally on the right are two deeply disappointing eggplants. The larger (5" tall) of the two actually produced a miniature purple eggplant that is still maybe growing. Unfortunately the plant is so short that the eggplant is drooping onto the magic compost soil and will develop mold or be eaten by slugs, also thriving in the moisture.