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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Lettuce in the Cutting Garden

We love salad! It is so good for us! This time of year, as it cools down, you can begin growing your own! It really takes very little space to grow. You just have to remember to water it if the weather is dry.

This is Romain. It's only about six inches tall. I started the seeds in plastic cups on August 11. I think it has had a pretty slow start.

This is Buttercrunch. It is doing pretty well. Replant your lettuce seed every three weeks for a steady crop throughout the cool months.

I remember my Grandma picking "greens" out of the yard and "wilting" them with hot bacon grease, and vinegar. Yum!

For wilting like Grandma did we use fresh spinach now, and sometimes even leaf lettuce. Both those types "wilt" nicely.

1-3 T Bacon grease
3 T cider vinegar
3 T brown sugar
Bring to a boil in a small saucepan, dissolving the sugar. Pour at once over the torn greens, spinach, or leaf lettuce. Add a little poppy seed if you like! (and maybe a few dried cranberries!)

I believe this is Black Seeded Simpson.
I planted some hollyhocks at the back of the planter. I might have gotten them in too late in order for them to be perennial.

Since we love lettuce salads so much, we have found some of our favorite toppings to be these:
cashews, raisins, crumbled bacon, cranberries, sunflowers, cheese ~ lots of cheese!
Are you hungry yet?

1 comment:

Lady of the house said...

You make it sound so easy! Maybe I'll attempt to grow some lettuce of my own next year. Very encouraging post.