In cultivation of vegetables in a British-type climate, the hungry gap is the gardeners' name for the period in spring when there is little or no fresh produce available from a vegetable garden or allotment.I walked around my garden this morning and snapped a few pictures. Clearly, there is not enough calories out there to sustain a family. But calories are usually what is easiest to come by. Grain is compact, stores and ship well and is easy to distribute. Starchy vegetables like potatoes store well. Vegetable oil is even more compact than grain.
The missing ingredient are green vegetables, nature's spring tonic.
|A couple more photos of Kale. I had about 10% survival rate.|
|Here is a head of Deadon cabbage that did not get picked. It is a total loss while one could still salvage some edible greens from the Diablo Brussels Sprouts. Our low for the winter was -3F which is about ten degrees warmer than usual.|
|Chickweed. This is a volunteer, that is, a weed. You can see dead kale plants scattered about the photo.|
|Wild onion, maybe Nodding onion.|
Kale and turnips are often included in wildlife food plot mixes.
The alliums (onions and their ilk) will happily fend for themselves given moist soil and light shade.