Growing salad greens

June 9, 2009 at 9:15 pm 2 comments

salad greens

Lettuce, spinach and other salad greens are probably the most satisfying vegetables to grow in the garden. I planted seeds for butter lettuce, an heirloom red leaf variety, spinach and beet greens, and after about a month of growing time they’re ready to eat. And they all taste so good! I’m especially fond of the earthy, tangy flavour of tiny beet greens mixed into a salad with the lettuce and spinach. All the blogs / magazine articles recommend seeding salad greens every few weeks to ensure a continuous supply of fresh, young leaves to harvest all summer long. I plan to seed some shady areas near our house with these varieties as the deck is far too hot for greens during the summertime.

After being spoiled from the pleasure of eating fresh lettuce from our garden last spring and summer, I avoided lettuce all winter long. As a vegetarian I don’t usually have the problem of fresh veggies going to waste, but lettuce bought from the store is an exception and quickly makes its way to compost-bin heaven after becoming a forgotten mushy mess in the fridge. But now we have lettuce growing in the planter boxes on our deck again! I love being able to wander out to the yard at dinner time and gather a few leaves of everything into a bowl for salad and know that it tastes 100 times better than store-bought lettuce, with none wasted by my carelessness and strange aversion to making salad from lettuce that comes out of a fridge.

I’ve been eating fresh greens almost every night – as salad, in wraps, on (portabello) burgers and sandwiches. This weekend I’ll buy some arugula seeds so we can add that to the mix – I’ve been dreaming of the way it tastes heaped on top of a thin crust pizza, especially one made with gorgonzola cheese. Yum!

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  • 1. Northern Shade  |  June 10, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Having a planter of fresh greens on your deck is so tasty and convenient. I have various greens and carrots on my deck, a few steps away from the kitchen.

  • 2. Tatiana  |  June 10, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Welcome – just found your site through Blotanical. I’m in Calgary too, and completely agree with the different mentality here about natural spaces and living. Comes from being an oil town I guess.

    I love your photography – and look forward to your future posts!

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