We’ve got holes.

Someone or something is eating all my plants! It’s really bumming me out because the bugs seem to enjoy all my favorite vegetables as much as I do.

They have already destroyed the three giant white bean plants I had going and now they have started into the Kale. I was advised if it was slugs, I should put crushed up egg shells around the plants. The shells are too pointy for the slugs to walk on, so they won’t cross the barrier.

Lets hope it works!

Beans and Kale

The beautiful kale plants have begun to find their mature shape. From between their initial seedling leaves are spouting distinctive curly-edged shoots.
I love watching the transformation in the plants. Only a few days ago, it would have been hard to tell what this plant was going to be, with it soft, anonymous seedling leaves. Now its kale-y-ness it undeniable as a very tiny spike-crowned leaf is appearing.
This is my first year growing plants from seed. I hope I don’t fall so in love with them that I can’t eat them.
Beautiful things continue to appear in the garden like these delicate pinky-purple flowers on tall stalks.
I’m also happy to report that at least one of the four enormous white bean seeds that I planted directly into earth has taken root and is growing by leaps and bounds – much faster than its potted brothers. Can’t wait to help it find its way to the trellis soon!

Sprouting

It’s been a pretty chilly spring here in London. I tried to start seeds outside mid-May since the frost was over, but they just wouldn’t come up. So I started some seeds inside about a week later to supplement the later-bloomers.
Well they are both finally coming up. I’m so excited that my little seedlings are finally getting stronger! I can’t wait to eat them. 😉
Here you see Siberian Kale in the foreground, curly kale next to it and a green basket of lettuce seedlings in the rear.

I also noticed my strawberry plant is getting its first fruits! YUM!