June 3, 2016
Just because you mess around with soil and compost and chicken manure on a daily basis, does not mean that you cannot be affected by a little decorative disease from time to time. And the bed here is probably the most decorative I have. The idea is that when the salad (alternating red and green between the red-green beetroot rows :-)) is eaten, corn should be planted where the salads have stood. The beets stay standing and just keep growing. Every year, a team of salads is sprouted exactly for this purpose - and even a little extra to be sure that there is the necessary number of both colors. This year, it is especially refined in that Little Gem and a RED Little Gem have been planted alternately - so you just can not decorate so much more on it.
But since the corn has already sprouted and must be planted out in a maximum of 3 weeks, and since there is a ready-to-harvest salad in many other places in the kitchen garden, we do not come close to eating all the salad before then. Which we never really do. And yet I make the same bed every year. But it's a bit pretty, and luckily the chickens are quite happy with the salad - and thus the decoration still becomes chicken manure in the end. Year after year.