First HarvestPosted: June 13, 2010
I collected our first produce from the community garden today – a bunch of radishes and some baby beet greens.
Looking pretty bountiful, no? But these radishes are hiding a sinister secret. They have fallen victim to our old nemesis, the squirrel. True to form, the varmint took bites out all but one of our radishes. Some just had a couple of surface nibbles, but some were thoroughly cored-out.
Why not just eat one whole radish and leave us the rest, rodent? WHY? Ultimately, I was able to save at least some part of all but one radish by cutting out the bitten areas. Still, we probably lost about half of our total radish mass. Bummer.
I harvested the beet greens (untouched by squirrels) in order to thin out our row of beets, none of which were getting very big. We planted them a bit late in the season, and it got hot out quite early this year – not ideal for beets. So, we may end up with just beet greens, not actual beets.