Field Work

So, the Hurricane’s been reading all about caterpillars these days — both very hungry ones and ten little ones. Surely this gardener is scarring her daughter for life, but about half the time (which is to say, at least six times a day) the Very Hungry Caterpillar meets a squishing death and five of the Ten Little CaterpillarsĀ  never manage to turn into a beautiful butterflies (drowning, asphyxiation, bird snack, chicken chow, and fish food, respectively.)

Got a problem with that?

Those of us here at Plants on Deck feel it’s important to apply all that theory into real-world experience. And so, to that end, a certain hurricane put an end to the loopers devouring the last of POD’s chard.

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Rabbit Food

By the time November rolls around, the deck’s greenery is largely tucked away for a long winter’s nap. Despite lofty cool-weather intentions, increasingly (and depressingly) shorter days and a north-facing, shade-plagued exposure, puts quite the damper on gardening pleasures.

Hours in the day have been shrinking since early June (despite 4 a.m. tornado-siren wake-ups from a certain little hurricane), and what plants are on deck have been utterly and entirely neglected since their September 18 seeding.

So it’s a happy surprise that tonight’s dinner consists of a nice green salad, peppered with happy little radishes.