Things that hide in the dark

19 May

Turnip de Nancy

I love spending time in the garden at night. Things that you overlook in the day suddenly catch your interest in the differing contrast of torch light.

This evening I had a wander in the front yard and some turnips caught my eye. These are the Turnip de Nancy variety from the Diggers Club, and they grow extremely quickly. Unlike a lot of other root vegetables they sit above the soil line, and their fabulous purple screams look at me! If you ever want to feel like a gardening guru, pull up a bunch of these babies.

Slug Invader

The primary purpose of my night wandering is again to hunt for my nemesis. Nemesises? Nemisi?

The blasted slugs.

We had rain last night, so everything is still quite damp. Sure enough, I caught a couple of the little blighters munching on the leaves of my swedes.

Distracted by the slugs, I missed the amazing thing about this sight – the really shocking thing lurking in the dark. It was there, waiting to be discovered when I looked really carefully.

Wait for it…

I have coriander!

Sneaky coriander

3 Responses to “Things that hide in the dark”

  1. Chookie May 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    Congratulations on the coriander. I too have been out searching for slugs in the torchlight tonight. Something has been munching my bok choi and I cant find anything there during the day. Must be slugs or snails.. but I couldn’t find any. Whatever it is, it’s sneaky. I hope you have more luck keeping your slimy pests at bay than I am.

    • L May 19, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

      Thanks Brooke. I’m going to give baked crushed eggshells a try. Leanne from dirt and flowers recommended that I try it.

  2. Leanne Cole May 21, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    I have never been looking in my garden at nighttime, must try it. Haha, the last part about the coriander made me laugh. so glad you have got some growing.

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