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Lettuce – and other Greens – Miracle Plants

Greens — especially lettuce — always remind me of the various accounts of Christ feeding the multitudes with several loaves of bread and a few small fish.

Unless you depend heavily on your garden for food you may not know why I relate lettuce to these biblical accounts.  I’ll explain.

In the fall I sow a lot of lettuce and spinach.  With a little […]

Spinach Talk

Hopefully, you’ve already planted your spinach and are starting by this time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

If you haven’t planted yet  — and you have some seed on hand or can get some easily — why not take a chance on the weather staying cool for a while and plant a little block of spinach. Find a partially shaded spot in […]

Strawberry Salad -- A Treat to End the Season

May 30, 2010

After producing a conservative estimate of 10 gallons of strawberries since the first week in May, my strawberries are about ready to quit.  With 30 pints in the freezer for winter use, more than 5 gallons eaten fresh in cereal, pies, and strawberry salads, and over a gallon shared —-I can’t complain.

But I am hoping that I’ll find enough for one last strawberry salad when I go out to check this evening.

If you’re like me, I had never heard of strawberry salad.  I happen to come across the recipe last year when I was looking for a new recipe for spinach online.  The rave reviews were numerous — and that is the only reason I decided to try it.  Little did I know how delicious it would be!

If you are still getting fresh strawberries, treat yourself to this easy, yet gourmet salad before the season is over.  You’ll look forward to fresh berries even more next year in anticipation of having this salad again.

One small commentary before I give you the recipe:  If you don’t have fresh homegrown strawberries —–read more—-

Mulching Your Fruits, Vegetables, and Perennials

April 10

Some folks have told me they don’t have an understanding of how to mulch certain vegetable beds.  They reason that the newly emerged vegetables will be mashed by the mulch.

Using crops that are currently planted in my garden (or will be soon) as examples below, I’ve been more specific about just —–read more—-

Lettuce - A Teaser and Reminder

There’s still time!

March 24

As you may have guessed by now I am somewhat of a lettuce fanatic.  It is one of my favorite things and I like lots of it.  As I mentioned in my post – Lettuce Time to Plant – the best the stores have to offer cannot match homegrown from the garden in my opinion.

As I predicted in that same post —–read more—-

10 Reasons to Mulch

March 18

Its only when the ground is frozen solid or snow is on the ground that I can’t really do anything in the garden and yard — except maybe peek at the lettuce under the cold frame.  This past February was such a month, so I lost almost an entire month of enjoying my yard and garden.

Fortunately most Virginia winters are such that I can accomplish a lot outside and get a jump on things before green growth takes over.  For me anywhere from 40 to 60 degrees is perfect for working outside.

In January this year I cut the ornamental grasses (I usually wait until March), and cut back some leather leafs and variegated shrubs that we use as a hedge along the side of the property that had grown about 10 to 15 feet tall. The mocking birds and thrashers loved them and were becoming quite prolific.  Both are aggressive birds and —–read more—-

Spinach - Versatile!

March 11

Years ago before I ever had spinach in my garden, a friend of ours brought me a wonderfully large bunch of spinach that her Dad had grown.  Looking back, it definitely had to be savoy since it was dark green and had heavily crinkled,  curly leaves. So much so in fact that I thought I would never get the sand out of it in spite of repeated washings and I probably didn’t because I remember distinctly biting down on several pieces of grit   — very unappetizing — even though I love spinach.

The other thing I remember vividly although its been about 20 years ago – the leaves were huge!  I guess the spinach was fully matured.  Lettuce and spinach are two things that never reach maturity in my garden. They are just too —–read more—-

Lettuce, Cold Frames, and Voles. (Don't Read if You're Squeamish!)

February 22

Yesterday was beautiful!  My first day out for more than 10 minutes at a time since all the snows.

Removed the cold frames from my lettuce and spinach.  They’ve been on for 20 days which is longer than I feel is good. (Topic for a future post.) The last few snows were wet and covered my garden with what seemed to me a one foot blanket of ice so the frames were frozen in place.  Chipped away a lot of the ice a few days ago but yesterday was the first day they were thawed enough to move the frames.

Lettuce and spinach looked good, but even though I had trapped —–read more—-