…there are BUGS!
Bugs, or evidence of them, in your garden is both good and bad.
Good: bugs mean that the food hasn’t been sprayed with toxic pesticides or insecticides .
Bad: bugs are, um…yeah, really gross. They also eat your food, nasty little things. In the process of eating your food they leave holes or ragged edges in your food, unsightly on the dinner plate.
What’s great about five year old boys…they don’t mind bugs. They also think that feeding them to chickens is super cool. Problem solved. I just have to successfully get all bugs rinsed out of the food we harvest. Tonight, we had homegrown lettuce in our salad to compliment our quiche and homegrown steamed broccoli.
The particular bugs in the lettuce are little green inch worms, called cabbage lopers.
Less than a year ago, I would have insisted on wearing gloves before touching one and now I’m able to hand pick them from broccoli, cabbage, lettuce and other greens out in the garden. I collect them and toss them in the chicken coop, unless there are kids outside. The kids are thrilled to serve as taxi service for the worms, enthusiastically taking them to their death. Hooray!
Adriaan was preoccupied with the demolition project, so Eden stepped in as harvest-helper. In her footed pj’s and wearing Seb’s “lumber jack” coat, she’s adorable.
In the photos you get to see the whole process: harvest, sort lettuce from bugs while rinsing, ado taxi’s the bugs to the chickens…the end.
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