Incubator fail

After three days of rain, it has started off sunny and so with the extra time not working today affords me, I took a pre-breakfast walk round the garden. Inevitably, this meant carrying out an inspection of the crops.

It came as no surprise that some of the seedlings had been nibbled. The only difference between now and before is that I found the culprit: a caterpillar. Quite how that got under the cloche, I don’t know, but it is no longer eating breakfast (under there, at any rate).


Brassica seedlings

Fortunately, two of the strongest cauliflower seedlings had been planted out on Monday. These seem to be doing fine – in fact, I was amazed to see that one in particular is romping away. I hope that means next spring we will have one of our favourite vegetables on the plate!


Cauliflower seedlings

© Helen Butt, October 2014

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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