End of Season Review - Lettuce & Corn
The lettuce story this year was a mixed bag – both good and bad.
|Lettuce Harvest from the end of July|
In addition to 4 varieties I had grown before, I also grew two new ones: Radicchetta & Sweetie Baby.
|Simpson Elite & Radichetta|
Freshly picked lettuce, especially romaine & Batavia, keeps very well in the fridge, so the harvest gap between the spring and fall sowing was about 4 weeks less than what is reflected by the harvest period in the table. Still, this means that we went without lettuce from the end of August to mid-November - a definite fail on my part.
Overall Impressions & Plan for Next Year
I’m satisfied with our lettuce last season, all things considered. The overall harvest was down from last year's total of 9,145 grams (20.16 lbs), but harvesting lettuce into late November partly makes up for that.
|Final harvest at the end of November|
Of course, my timing and seeding in the spring will go exactly according to plan and I’ll be doing timely succession plantings during the summer and into the fall ;)
When it comes to the corn, all I can say is …. dang corn stalk muncher.
|Corn stalk casualty|
|Corn in hand|
|Before heading to the kitchen|
As for the most likely suspect in my corny tale, I’m pretty sure we are not dealing with raccoons as the culprit preferred chewing through the stalks rather than the cobs. My feeling is that we are looking at skunks. We had seen a couple of them wandering around out back several times and in their quest for grubs, our backyard was a mess of shallow holes & dug up patches of grass by late summer – more so than ever before.
Overall Impressions and Plan for Next Year
I can still recall how incredible that corn tasted – it was split 4 ways, and oh, what a mouthful of deliciousness it was :)
My plan for next year? Well, it centers around a rather unexpected surprise at Christmas:
|Christmas gift from a very thoughtful friend|
who sympathized with my corn woes