Home Grown Lettuce

Posted on June 5, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health, Plants | Tags: , , , , , |

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Here is my haul from the garden for last night’s salad.  There was so much lettuce in just this first picking I washed and spun it and then I put half of it in a container for tonight’s salad.  This is the Black Seeded Simpson variety of leaf lettuce that is commonly available and known as a “cut and come again” variety because it regrows for more harvesting.  Here’s the kicker, though, I planted this lettuce 2 years ago and I’ve enjoyed it for free now for 2 springs!  About mid-summer depending on the weather (this plant hates heat) it will go to seed – bolt is a great term for this because it seems to happen overnight.  I was lazy and left it to flower, seed, and drop it all before I ripped out the unattractive plants in fall.  What a nice surprise that those seeds are very viable, seem to enjoy a good long winter and sprout with excellent vigor in early spring, enjoying the cold and wet we’ve had to be perfect for harvest right now.  You can still get some of this in with a shorter harvest this year (if the heat ever gets here) but with an eye for self-seeding for next year.  It is delicious, bright green, and so healthy for you to eat.  You will eat more of it because it is so much better than the stuff in the store that has traveled far and lost lots of nutrients and flavor by the time you eat it, if it hasn’t gone slimy by the time you get to it.  Plant now!!

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