Monday, February 20, 2012

Playing in the Mud

In the midst of dredging out the clay soil from underneath the good soil in the vegetable garden today, I made an interesting discovery.  Have you ever seen a worm this long?  It is at least 10 inches, maybe a couple more.  How do they burrow all the way down into that hard clay anyway?

As you can see in the above photo, I dug out the clay soil in order to effectively deepen the vegetable bed allowing for roots to grow deeper.  I surreptitiously relocated the useless clay by wheelbarrow to the city-owned greenway nearby.  In between wheelbarrow loads, I snacked on the kale and Brussels sprouts growing happily in our mild winter weather.  This year was my first time growing either of these.  Out of about 12 plants, I only had three Brussels sprouts that have done really well, with a large variability between the size of the plants and how well they formed closed sprouts.  I'm not really sure yet why some formed "open" sprouts while others - growing in the same conditions - formed perfectly closed sprouts like the one I'm holding.  But you can be sure I will get this fixed for next year...


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