With my romaine grown from transplants in the compost because of poor quality I am on to eating the romaine that was direct sown. It is doing great but I think we need to get eating, with the heat starting to really roll in on a regular bases I think it may not hold up much longer.
I harvested a large head yesterday for dinner and noticed that romaine is a good candidate for insects homes. The head had at least 12 ear wigs taking residence and I am glade I noticed before bringing them into the house. I de-steamed the leaves, shook all the little buggers off, then took it in the house and gave it a really good wash and spin dry. A salad spinner certainly comes in handy in a home garden because veggies from the garden are defiantly not as clean as from the grocery store. Although I would take bugs and dirt over pesticides any day!
I have also capture more shots of wild life in my yard. The first being an Orange Crane Fly that was resting on one of the pole bean leaves. These look like monster mosquitoes but to the best of my knowledge have no relation. The last two are of a Black Capped Chickadee that has been checking out a couple bird houses in the backyard perennial garden. These are rather interesting birds to watch and will readily eat right out of your hand although I have yet to try this, I really don't have the patients.
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