aquaponics / veggie garden

Don’t be cruel to a vegetabuel

…don’t forget a lettuce has a heart!

It’s been a busy day for me today, becoming familiar with a new campus where I will start studying next week. I was tempted to write about issues to do with sustainability, and indeed my first assignment topic—’wicked’ problems, but that will have to wait until I get a bit of clarity on the subject. Suffice to say that today has filled me with enthusiasm, and a hope that I will start to untangle some of the issues I have wrapped up in knots in my head and in my heart.

While away, the vegetables did play—OK so that would just be a bit weird, but they sure don’t just sit there. Under four weeks from planting and we have tiny beans and one iceberg lettuce has the beginnings of a heart (hence the song reference for this post’s title…)

We are now harvesting handfuls of lettuce leaves almost daily, plus some chard for steaming, or as a green nest for fried eggs for breakfast. We have discarded all the broccoli—it just wasn’t working out—it was best to replace it with some other greenery that needs a lot less fuss. So, out with the old and in with the new in the form of kale. I had not met this amazing vegetable until last year and we just love each other—one of my favourite four green veggies of all time!

So, above, four shots taken today (clockwise from top left): Iceberg lettuce ‘with a heart’; Beans, glorious beans; Fancy (schmancy) lettuce; and all hail the mighty Kale!

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