Saturday

Hardy, stubborn lettuce

I have saved seed from a rare lettuce called Batavia Laura for several years now. It's a hardy and good tasting leaf lettuce but it bolts quickly in hot weather. This last summer, I didn't get all the seed it produced and much of it fell to the ground.

Guess what? It started growing again in September. I picked a little of it then but didn't think it would last long, with the weather getting colder. It kept growing, though, and I kept picking it.

We have had below freezing temperatures at night for the last week or more and this is what the lettuce looked like yesterday.

I picked some and ate it on a sandwich. Glorious, isn't it? I don't know how long it will last, but I'm going to enjoy it to the very end and next spring, I'm going to plant it earlier, now that I know it will withstand freezing temperatures and below.

I bought the seed from Seeds of Change. They probably still have it, but I can't guarantee that. All I know is that I am happy with it (and with a late autumn salad!).


Tuesday

Winter, Spring?

Warm all day, chance of rain 20%. The sun went down, the temperature cooled. And it snowed.

Outside my back door at around 8 last night. -->

I almost planted lettuce. Guess I'd better wait...



Friday

Fresh Food Dreaming

I want to plant stuff! Yes, I know it's barely February and this is cold country. I know it will no doubt snow again... and again. I know the nights are freezing and some of the days are, too.

I still want to plant stuff. The seed catalogs have taken hold of my imagination and I daydream about watermelon and green beans and real tomatoes.

Grocery stores are okay in a pinch but there's nothing like fresh, real food! If you don't grow your own, buy someone else's fresh food from a farmer's market this year. The difference is amazing both to your taste buds and to your body. Vitamin loss is a real problem in foods trucked to the grocery store. The longer food is stored, the more vitamins it loses.

Where did that tomato come from? Probably not even the US this time of year. How long do you suppose it took from a farm to a sorting factory to a warehouse to a truck to an airplane to a truck to a warehouse to a truck and finally to the store?