*Sob.* *Sob.* *Sob.* (Or, Germany is under water)

In case you missed the news, Germany had a freak short frost at the end of May, followed by torrential downpours for about 10 days. Much of the country has been under water for a week now, with massive flooding in many areas. Munich escaped the worst, but it wasn’t exactly the kind of weather that baby plants dream of.

All (yes, all) of the cucumbers, zucchini, and pumpkins, which were recently transplanted from our windowsill to the great outdoors, shriveled and died; the spinach shriveled and turned yellow; the radishes soaked up too much rainwater, exploded, and rotted in the ground.

Not an auspicious start to the gardening season.

The salads seemed to have loved the cool, rainy weather, though, and we had our first tasty garden salad for lunch today, complete with garden-fresh herbs. We plucked two heads of lettuce, hopped on our bikes, and sped back to the apartment for lunch. The salad was su-per crun-chy!

Here we go, gardening week (umm…. about week 5?) update:

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Bed one: Chives, parsley, and other herbs. Tomatoes to come here soon.

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Potatoes: seem to have survived the deluge happily

 

 

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Our red beets (in the middle here, between the onions) seem to either have a disease, or an insect that really likes the leaves. The leaves are full of tiny pinprick-size holes. Boo.

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Carrots, with cilantro and chives growing in between. This is supposed to help scare of carrot fleas.

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Jan and wrestled with this stupid green plastic net for our peas for about AN HOUR, and it just got more and more and more tangled. *!#!?#!&/”/&%#!!§§”!!!!!!

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The failure bed: exploded radishes and shriveled yellow spinach. AWESOME. Coming soon: cucumbers, second attempt.

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The only thing edible: salad!

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Broccoli, kohlrabi, and other kohl-family stuff. Also looks okay.

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Fennel and mangold – also no worse for the wear.

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