(Thankfully) My Salad Days aren’t yet over.
I clearly remember in my A-level English class discussing Cleopatra’s comment “my salad days are over”. It’s a fantastic quote. We tried to imagine what it would be like to be feeling old, and unattractive; no longer innocent and fertile… it seemed such a l.o.n.g. way off, which it was. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not implying I’m losing my verdancy already, but now I’m getting older I suppose I can have a better idea of how it may feel.
Right, that was a very deep way of introducing the fact that we harvested our first salad of the year, and gobbled it up last night for our dinner. Delish!
Home-grown lettuce tastes of hope for the future, warm sunny evenings, and most of all, it actually tastes of lettuce. It’s our joint favourite crop to grow, tied with green beans. They both score high for sustainability, as the more you snip, the more you get. I love that because I both admire the wonders of nature, and feel smug about the value for money!
This year Daddy Tea and I have made firm plans not to digress from our core products in our veggie patch. The list is:
- Salad, Radishes, Tomatoes, Spring Onions
- Green Beans (dwarf), Green Beans (climbing), Broad Beans, Carrots
We are being strong and adopting the Just Say No policy to all other temptations. Last year, it got out of hand. We succumbed to a cute little aubergine plant, which gave us very pretty purple curly leaves, but no veg. Sweetcorn plants grew enormous and yielded 3 whole cobs (!). And what can be said for the courgettes, which although did give us many yummy meals, just about took over the garden space.
We can do it. We can be strong. But we can’t control the weather, and it’s been so freezing for May that lots of the ickle bubba bean plants have carked it. Curses. We will not be beaten and we shall plant again. Just got to hope it warms up sometime soon.
In the meantime, we will remember last night’s meal and remember the brief taste of summer, because something tells me we’re going to be in for a long wait before we get another Salad Day.