Istiaia, Evia, Greece
Fri 24 Dec 2010 23 °C
So it's taken a month but now I believe what I was told when I first landed in the country. The Greek diet is mainly vegetarian. This comes as a surprise as up until now, I thought that Greek cuisine began and ended with souvlaki, served from a van or 'fish and chip' shop.
Spinach makes a daily appearance (Spanakopita, Spanakrizo) and cabbage is common in salads and side dishes. So you can imagine the seriousness of the issue when we went out to the garden yesterday and found two of these plants lying flat on the ground, sliced off at the stem. This morning, another two cabbage plants fell victim to the attack.
A visit to the agriculturist revealed the damage to be caused by particular type of worm and sulphur was recommended for prevention. Sulphur is a naturally occurring element and is one of the few substances approved for spraying in organic farming. Instead of spraying the plants directly, I spread the powder in a ring around each individual plant, creating a protective border. Fingers crossed!