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Lettuce planted last winter is up.

Garden Lettuce



Well…it is up and out of the ground, but not as much as the thumbnail picture depicts. That was just for fun. I took a head of lettuce out to the garden and stuck it in the soil. I couldn’t help myself. I got my giggle out of it.

This is what it really looks like. You can barely make it out, but it’s there and I guarantee that nobody else around here has anything any earlier unless it’s in a greenhouse.

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16 Responses to “Lettuce planted last winter is up.”

  1. Naomi says:

    So funny!!! AND amazing!
    I have a friend that would love to know what type of lettuce you are growing.

    • sherry says:

      I tried a few kinds of leaf lettuce. One was so limp, that it was hard to clean and didn’t give much volume, plus it seems pale – I gave up on it. The ones I have now, I have been growing for a few years, so I’m not sure what they are called. One of the varieties that goes to seed earlier and is very strong in the spring has red tinted leaves. It makes a colorful salad. At first Hubby thought that it was sunburned, but I taught him the truth.

  2. Naomi says:

    I’ve seen the red leaf lettuce before. It does look sunburned. I usually grow romaine, mostly because I find it easier to clean. I don’t know if it will go to seed early enough. We will have to find out. I do a few succession plantings, the later ones in a shady area.

    I want to grow plants to make seeds for sprouting. I just don’t have enough space to do it in yet. Radish works great for this purpose. I think broccoli would as well.

    • sherry says:

      If the Romaine doesn’t go to seed (keep in mind that one plant will give you more seed than you can use) then scatter some boughten seeds late this fall, before the frost is in. You can make a ditch before hand and save some dirt inside, sweep the snow off at Christmas, and still plant. I’ve done it. I get a kick out of telling people I’m planting my garden about that time.
      I haven’t been able to get the broccoli to seed, it never has enough time here.If radishes don’t make it, you can throw the seed pods in a salad…their mild and wonderful! Can you grow a plant or two in amongst something else – like the asparagus you mentioned? The radish seeds don’t explode or ‘get around’ easily. As long as you remove the plants at the end of the season it wouldn’t hurt.

  3. Naomi says:

    I would like to start a little raised bed just for seed. It would be interesting to experiment and see what I can get out of it. It would have to be hidden from the house because it would be unsightly.

    I will have to plant some seeds at Christmas just to say I did.

    I didn’t know you could eat the pods on a radish. Now I really can’t wait!!

    • sherry says:

      I have some new “like” buttons for facebook, twitter, and email, if you want to hook your neighbors to here. They might get excited and tear up their yards to make gardens, end up with too much space, and you could volunteer to fill it.
      Actually, there are community gardens in some places. If your town/city doesn’t have that, you could convince them to make use of some unused public property for the good of the community…(all they need to do is lay down some good topsoil),or you could volunteer to plant a flower/vegie garden for ‘looks’. Call it a ‘flower combination ‘ garden to sell the idea. Lettuce looks so beautiful when it goes to seed – sort of like a mini tree. Carrots add a feathery touch. Do you get my drift?

  4. Heres a great video (hope this works) on perennial vegetable gardens. You can plant them in the forest. I think its amazing and I would love to do this.
    Tell me if you can find / view
    this video

  5. sherry says:

    This is an interesting video. The air potatoe would be fun, and that ground nut, but what country is this done. I never heard about these in Canada.

  6. Hmm good point, I am not actually sure what perennial root vegetables will grow in the Canadian Climate. I hope you can find some :)

  7. Naomi says:

    Your video really got me thinking about what can grow here in Alberta.
    Here’s a link that I just found that has a huge list of what grows in Alberta:

    • sherry says:

      Ok!! What valuable info! I already have most of the berries listed and many of the flower (I was stunned to see how many flowers are edible).
      But vegies: I didn’t know what a jerusalem artichoke was. I have to have some, and maybe sorrel and this salad burnet…and sweet cicely.Thanks so much – now how does one get jerusalem artichoke…hmmm. They are for zone 3-9. It would be risky for me. $15 for 2 lbs…out of stock.

  8. So, I am dying to go dig up some Forest. Although I confess, I am a little worried about bumping into the pot growing crowd *shiver*. Alas, I am garden-less. SIGH.

  9. Apparently its also called a Sunchoke, is a Daisy, and you can buy the seeds online :) Let me know if you plant any!

  10. Naomi says:

    It’s super tricky growing stuff that isn’t in your hardiness zone. I am attempting to grow a pear tree in my back yard. It took me forever to figure out where to put the hole and finally plunk it in. I still don’t know if I’m satisfied with my decision. I couldn’t put it in the front yard, where I want it, because it’s a natural wind tunnel. The backyard has way too many poplar trees to suck away nutrients and sunlight. All the other spots are for garden, not trees. Very frustrating process.
    I also have a plum, apricot, and apple. I can’t wait to see how they grow. :)
    Good luck, Anna-Marie on the forest planting. Just carrying a shovel out there will get you arrested. They will be putting you in handcuffs while all the real pot-ees walk past with their herbs.


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