As seeds started to sprout, much to my surprise, and then turn into healthy thriving plants, I decided that they needed more than just a quick record of their existence. Disclaimer – I am very, VERY soft when it comes to consuming / discarding / destroying anything. When I had to thin out the lettuce seedlings, I couldn’t bear to throw the thinnings away (how do you pick your favourites? It’s very brutal) and transplanted them into another vegetable trug. I can’t tell you how much lettuce we’ve ended up with and I don’t even like the stuff that much… However, the first lettuce ‘Salad Bowl Mixed’ that I harvested, came out of the soil with such a beaut of a root network, that it was crying out to have its portrait taken. Then there was an early (I was probably slightly impatient) perfectly symmetrical and outrageously colourful beetroot. And so it began – a project recording what I’ve grown, before it became involved with our digestive systems.
More of these to come, as long as everything keeps growing and seeds keep sprouting. You can follow veggie portraits on my alternative Instagram account @gratuitousveg.