Coming back from a couple of days in Vancouver, I was delighted to see the sky clear as the ferry pulled into Langdale Terminal. We drove up the coast in sunlight and as soon as we got home, I put on old jeans and my rubber boots and went out to the garden. Because it’s been so damp, the slugs have had a field day. I keep picking them off the little broccoli plants and I’m using eggshells and ferric sodium to try to keep them away from the little spinach and chard seedlings. I’ve been reading David George Gordon’s The Secret World of Slugs and Snails and am not entirely happy to be at war with such fascinating creatures but I’ve made a pact with them: stay out of the vegetable garden and I’ll leave you to live your lives in peace. They’re breaking the pact, not me.

In the meantime, I’ve planted lots of greens in planters and tubs on the decks. This has worked well in past years. It’s so easy to open the sliding doors from the kitchen to the big west-facing deck and gather enough salad for dinner. The mesclun mixtures are lovely. I’ve been picking mizuna and chervil, small leaves of kale (and cooking the larger leaves), and other spicy greens. Today I planted some Italian seeds I bought on Commercial Drive the other day. These are Emanuele Larosa Sementi and I’ve had good results from them in the past. Catalogna lettuces, two kinds of arugula (one of them Rucola selvatica and the other a wild Roman variety), and something called herba stella or buckshorn plantain which sounds delicious. I was curious to know more about it and discovered that it’s more properly Plantago coronopus, a weed to many, but then so are many of the cresses, lamb’s quarters, and other additions to the salad bowl which give plain lettuces a run for their money.


~ by theresakishkan on May 4, 2012.

3 Responses to “Greens”

  1. Hope you’re enjoying my book. I liked reading your most recent blog post. Happy trails! DGG

  2. David, I really loved your book. So much interesting information about those creatures — and the illustrations are gorgeous. I hate killing slugs and do try to discourage them rather than, well, do them in. It’s always an amazing thing to find them mating or else heading out across the grass as though on a momentous journey. For a time we had a toad living by the back door and occasionally I took small slugs to it (ones I found on plant pots for the most part, those very milky ones) and it would dart out its tongue, bring the slug to its mouth, and then cram it in with one front food, using the heel of the foot like a kid eating something large.

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