Ongoing adventures in market gardening!
The day after I wrote my last entry, lots of our lettuce plants started wilting and dying. Closer inspection revealed that lettuce root aphids were noshing their way through the roots, cutting the supply of nutrients and water up to the leaves. We're coping ok because we've got a broad mix of leaves going into our salads, and we've been digging up infested plants on a daily basis to try to contain the spread. Nonetheless, its hit our salad production significantl funny to think what a finely balanced and fickle thing a field ecosystem is, and how easy it was for a sudden change caused by some very small beings to shake me out of a 'la la everything's lovely' way of thinking...