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Everything is turning green

The lettuce actually was planted by Ken last fall. It wintered over in a cold frame. Yesterday, during a cold rain, I picked it while it was at the peak of perfection. I washed it, chilled it, and ate it 40 minutes after it came in out of the rain. Who knew that lettuce could be so good? Lettuce may seem watery and light, but when you cut the stalk of good homegrown lettuce, a rich milky juice bubbles out.

Most of the winter’s mustard was crushed by a heavy snow because I foolishly left the top of the cold frame open. But enough mustard survived for one potfull for later this week.

I could happily live off of bread and cheese and wine. With the addition of fresh fruit and some super-green salad, even pizza probably would be healthy.


  1. Henry Sandigo wrote:

    Hi David, what do you mean the lettuce “wintered over”? I planted mine 60 days ago. I am harvesting it now. Though I know I can leave it for awhile. We try to eat the lettuce daily, very simply (toasted sliced almonds, sliced navel or cara oranges, avocado and a yummy feta with a vinaigrette of choice). I have to admit I did purchase the lettuce already sprouting from the local farmers market. So did Ken plant seeds and by spring they started to sprout? Thanks for any insight.

    Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 11:34 pm | Permalink
  2. daltoni wrote:

    Hi Henry: Re: Wintered over: The lettuce was planted from seed last October inside a cold frame. It never grew big enough to eat during the fall and remained in the cold frame all winter, growing very slowly. In the spring, after I removed the cold frame, it grew into a perfect specimen of lettuce. I wish I had had many more just like it!

    Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 7:14 am | Permalink

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