I’m getting a little confused by the things Mummy gives me to eat, so I asked Kevin to come and explain them to me.
Here’s my breakfast yesterday. I’ve had a little nibble, then gone off to eat my pellets. The thing at the front with the blue-green leaves I think we had in the winter. What’s it called, Kevin?
That’s kale, Percy. Mummy grows it all year round, but mainly for the winter. She was complaining about slugs eating the small plants she’d put out, but I guess she has enough growing now to give us a leaf now and then. It’s yummy isn’t it?
Yes. Kale. I like that. There are three leaves at the side, dandelion, which I love, then the smaller very tasty one, and the nice, slightly prickly one that’s upside down (with the silvery side showing).
The small one is the nasturtium, Perce. It’s very flavourful isn’t it. When the leaves get large I think they’re a bit hot, personally, but I like them this size. The upside down one is raspberry. I don[‘t think we’ll be getting them much longer.
Is that because winter’s coming?
That’s right. I think that’s why we got that little bunch of carrot shoots that are underneath your raspberry leaf. Mummy was very frustrated earlier in the year because she kept sowing carrots and they kept not growing. Now she says that she sowed some more when she cleared the middle bed and put the kale plants and radicchio out, and now they’re absolutely surrounded by baby carrots. She told me we’ll get little bunches like this until she’s got them tamed and in rows with room to grow.
That sounds good. They’re very tasty. The thing with the red stem we’ve been having for ages. I liked it at first, but sometimes I leave it till later.
Oooh, chard! I love chard. I know Midge leaves his stems, as Mummy gives them to me in the morning when she cleans the cages. She always gives him a chance, just in case he was saving it for a midnight feast.
Oh, does Midge do that too? So do I. Mummy gives my leftovers to Oscar.
Well, some things we like and others don’t, and other things others like and we don’t. I gather you don’t like tomato.
Oh, I love tomato. And blueberries – stop making that face, they’re yummy.
You can have mine. And strawberries, too
I usually do 🙂 What do you think of the corn husks and tassels?
Those new papery things?
That’s right. We only get those for a few weeks at this time of year. They come from a shop in the village, and they get them from the farmer up the road. They’re much better than shop bought – these ones even have green leaves on the end.
Well, they’re all right, I suppose. Maybe it’s an acquired taste.
I suggest you acquire it as soon as possible, Perce. Once they’re gone, it’s a whole year till we get any more, unless Mummy tries growing them again.
Does she grow this funny shaped lettuce?
The oak leaved one, yes. Here’s another picture of it on Midge’s breakfast pile. I think we finished up the plant today, as the stalk was in it.
Oh yes, that’s a better view. What will she plant instead?
Winter lettuce I expect, or more radicchio. There isn’t much time left for things to grow to the stage where they’ll get through the winter. But I think Mummy has some blankets to put over the tents she’s got on the vegetable beds to keep them growing a little longer before winter comes.
That sounds very complicated.
You’ll get the hang of it. You haven’t mentioned the rudbeckia leaf.
Oh, I like those. I’m glad she only gives us one each time, but they’re very yummy. And the marjoram, too.
Did we have anything else today? I’ve forgotten.
I don’t think so, only pellets and hay. No carrots. She says I put too much weight on when I get carrots. 😦
I don’t have a problem with carrots. Unless I don’t get them, then I lose weight. I wonder what we’ll get tomorrow?
I’m still eating today’s breakfast.
Really? I’ve finished mine. Do you want me to help you out with anything?
You can have my tomato. Oscar doesn’t need it.