deer tongue lettuce
i think that now we know why this lettuce is named after deer. sure the leaves look a bit like their ears... but that's not it. it's that they really like to eat it. it's their favorite gourmet snack. that and endive.
they don't like the spicy stuff tho -- avoided the mizuna + arugula with the nose of a true snobby epicurean.
yesterday morning john and brigitte chased a deer out of the garden.
and yesterday afternoon john and kara fixed the fence.
it's been waiting for a month -- two rolls of black plastic mesh fencing resting on the pile of drainage stones by the garage.
hadn't even noticed the lettuce bed...
what had been big beautiful heads of lettuce ready to pull out and eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner were munched down right to the quick.
i guess i could thank the deer for helping us with two items on the 'list of things to do': fix fence + succession plant the lettuces. HAH!
in response, i planted a few new rows of arugula + endive. today replant some lettuce + prep the tomato beds.
tomorrow: re-lay plastic between the beds and line them with the new chip mulch fresh from the 'wood chippah'
the fence looks great. john put up the fence while i cut the old rusting chicken wire. and every day i'll do a little bit to connect the old fence with the new.