Pop Pop's job for the Christmas eats was to provide the greens for not only one salad, but two. A salad at lunch to tide us over, then one for the bigger feast at Christmas dinner. I went to the park yesterday for the harvest, hoping that the voles had not decided to have their Christmas dinner before I had mine. Luckily for me, all was fine. Nothing was stirring, not even a mouse. Well certainly not the four mice and one vole that I got in my five traps. Five for five! An early Christmas present. A bad hair day for the rodents.
|Cold frames to harvest, Christmas Eve day, 2012|
|Nice oak leaf lettuce and some Tango lettuce|
|Red lettuce from recent transplant, just now ready|
Ah, arugula. What better way to fire up the taste for a Christmas salad. And the beautiful Four Seasons cos lettuce over on the left. The upside down flower pots in several of the pictures cover mouse/vole traps. I read that the voles want some protection before they will stop to eat. With the five for five record this morning, I would say the method works.
This thick stemmed Chinese mustard popped up as a volunteer in one of the garden beds. It has a nice zingy flavor without being really hot. Again, another way to liven up a salad.
|Tatsoi and thick stemmed mustard in a cold frame|
|Two beautiful tatsoi heads|