Ok, sorry about that terrible headline. I can picture my former editor Karell's response when I propose that headline: "Um...no." Well you know what, Karell? This is MY BLOG, BABY!
Anyway, after the disastrous weekend I've just had, I thought I'd write about something that would make me feel happy because, as we've already established, this is my blog and I can write about whatever I want. Check out my beautiful lettuce bed:
I planted lettuce in a shallow plastic bin that was under-my-bed storage years ago. I drilled holes in the bottom and sides for drainage and air, and it seems to be working great. At one point early in the spring, I picked up the bin to move it's location and there were worms living under it! I was so happy. Hopefully they crawl into the soil through the holes in the bottom of the bin and fertilize the hell out of my lettuce.
Once the first sprouts started to pop up, I had a problem with little dudes coming into my garden and munching on the baby lettuce. I never actually saw the culprits, but in the morning I'd find holes dug in the lettuce bed, tiny foot prints in the soil, and lettuce sprouts chewed off. Some people told me it was definitely raccoons, others said squirrels, but I knew better: it was kitties. Little Lettuce Kitties.
There are lots of stray kitties in my neighborhood, and they like to hang out in my backyard (possibly because my boyfriend feeds them shrimp?). I have visions of Little Lettuce Kitties thinking my garden is a free salad bar, and the shrimp is just the bonus salad topper.
Everyone recommended putting cayenne pepper on the lettuce to spice away the LLKs. I didn't want to hurt the Little Lettuce Kitties or dissuade them from hanging in my yard (if I lose the kitties, I might lose the boyfriend too). In the spirit of reusing and recycling, I decided to build a cage out of some bird netting I had found in my yard when I moved in. So far it's worked! Since the netting cover went on, there hasn't been any LLK damage to the lettuce.
I'm going to start harvesting the lettuce this week. There's no need to pick it all at once, I can just cut off some leaves whenever I need it. I mixed lots of different lettuce seeds so they'll grow at different rates and I'll have a fancy assortment for salads, and I'm sprinkling in new seeds every few weeks to guarantee a continuous harvest all summer long. Lettuce is so easy to grow and so productive! Seriously, you can do it: old rubbermaid bin, cheap lettuce seeds, soil, water. Boom.
On the far end of the lettuce bed you can see a few onions planted that didn't fit in the bed with the rest of the onions. LLKs weren't into those so much.