For the Love of Greens

Posted on July 11, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Plants | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Food - Greens TreatMy garden greens have gone nuts this summer!  This is a mouthful of interesting flavors:  1 leaf each of kale, lettuce, garlic chive, and sorrel.  Wow, what a pop in the mouth!

Food - Lettuce harvestHere is my enormous harvest just soaked, spun and about to get packed into a bucket for the refrigerator.  I love that even though I live in a woods, greens don’t need full sun to grow.  The lettuce, sorrel, and chives all returned on their own, too.  The lettuce is trying hard to get to flower and seed, but I keep cutting it before that can happen.  I think I might get one more cutting before I will have to let it go.  That’s ok, it will pay me back next year with all the dropped seed coming up again!

Food - Lettuce harvest 2This is the best laugh.  I’ve rescued a bucket from a local bakery’s recycling bin.  The bucket originally held “E-Z Use Garlic Spread.”  First ingredient?  Partially hydrogenated oil – yuck!  Not anymore – now it’s filled with gorgeous greens ready to eat.  It’s now the E-Z Use Green Bucket!

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Regrow Lettuce

Posted on April 13, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Plants | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Food - Regrowing Lettuce

I love to buy those 4 packs of specialty lettuces where you can get some red-leaf, curly-type, romaine, etc.  I recently discovered that after chopping off the bottom it is possible to plop those ends into some water and grow some more lettuce!  I am fine with making it into worm food in the compost, but if I can get some more edible leaves out of it, why not?  Here is my beautiful lettuce bowl with each nub in a different state of regrowth.  In a few days I’ll be cutting leaves!  This would be a great project for a kid and even I will be quite interested to see if any roots regenerate at the bottom end.  If so, these puppies are getting plopped back into the ground for another go-around!  I will try to keep you posted on their progress.

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