Reason #135: living on Brač makes you feel like a Roman emperor
The legend has it that after Diocletian retired from being a very successful Roman emperor and moved into his palace in Split, Rome was in trouble and so they asked him to come back and run the place again. To this Diocletian supposedly told them: “If you could see the raštika* growing in my Palace garden, you wouldn’t be asking me this.”
That pretty much sums up how I feel when someone calls to ask when I’m coming back to Zagreb. Without the part where anyone there needs me to run the place, though :D
The view of raštika from my Palace in Selca:
As mentioned before, the credit for anything growing in our garden goes to my amazing Aunt Nada.
*raštika is collard greens in English. More on this yummy plant in this post: Planting your own multi-vitamin (raštika).
Reason#107: snails are not as cute and innocent as they would have you think
We’ve had a few April showers last few days and that means the snails will come out.
I always thought they looked funny and cute.
But they are not as innocent as they appear. As a city girl until recently I was totally clueless, but now that I have my precious greens growing in the garden I know full well that snails are evil. Yes, evil. They feast on my beautiful greens and leave ugly holes in the leaves. Bad snails!
Reason #68: it’s easy to plant collard greens and they’re super nutritious
Collard greens, or raštika and kupus, as it’s known here, is all the rage among health freaks out there. And it just happens to be the most basic veg over here, next to blitva.
So, I decided to plant some of my own. With the help of my aunt Nada, who’s basically my Mr. Miyagi for all the Brački skillz.
First you get some seedlings from teta Antica (above).
Then you take a motika, eng. hoe (the tool, not the other kind), and you dig a deep, narrow hole.
Plant the seedlings and water them. Make sure the soil doesn’t go dry until they take.
I will report back on them over the summer.