It’s been almost a month since we built our gutter garden, and a few days ago we had our first salad from early greens.
Check it ouuuut.
See the sugar snap peas climbing up my make-do-with-what-you-have trellis? It doesn’t look pretty, but the peas don’t mind. This is something I inherited from my dad. Why buy a trellis when our house’s previous owner left this fence thing behind the shed?
And that’s our sage on the right. I picked that up in the alley behind our last house. Someone left it by their trash can — another trait I inherited from my dad. Thanks, Dad!
The sage plant is one of two outdoor plants that survived David’s birth. Everything else shriveled and died under the harsh combination of August in Richmond and neglect.
Back to the gutters. We had sprouts almost immediately.
The buttercrunch lettuce is doing great, and so is the arugula.
Arugula is delicious. I want to eat it on everything. Sandwiches, salads, pizza, my morning cereal.
We have some very very early spinach (spinach seems to take a little longer to mature. We have more mature spinach in the planter seen here.)
The mesclun is the only thing that’s not faring well.
It’s eaten up, and half of the seeds didn’t even sprout. Inchworms have descended into our yard like paratroopers, so maybe they’re the culprit. Interesting that they don’t bother the other greens, but they’re all over the mesclun.
I’m also wondering if, because it’s higher and harder for me to check, the top gutter isn’t getting the water it needs.
We’ve had some warmer weather and I’ve been trying to remember to water more.
Hopefully we’ll be eating from the gutters for a while.
Never thought I’d say that.