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Texture and Color

July 13th, 2016

I grow a wide variety of vegetables in the garden, while I focus on good producers, some of the varieties I choose for the beauty as well. ‘Redina’ lettuce is one of these plants. It’s lovely while it’s growing, the deep red leaves are amazingly vibrant. When it starts to bolt it’s almost more lovely. Lettuces can be extremely eye catching when they start to rise up towards the sky to bloom and set seed.
bolting redina lettuce
I’ve been growing this variety for years and I always start a few extras so I can let them go to seed.

Do you grow any specific vegetables for their ornamental value?

So Long Lettuce

July 12th, 2014

It’s been warm here in Maine, in the 80’s most days. I like the warmth, so do the peppers and tomatoes, the lettuce however does not. When it gets hot the lettuce bolts into tall spires that are quite stunning. I always leave a few to set seed for next year, fresh lettuce seed sprouts so quickly and it’s so easy to save your own see.
lettuce 2
This year I grew a variety called ‘Ruby Gem’ that was AMAZING. By far my favorite lettuce ever. This variety is also packed with antioxidants because it’s a very deep red.
lettuce 2
For now we will say goodbye to spring salads and we welcome zucchini, peas, beans, and other warm weather vegetables in their place. It’s also time to plant more lettuce for fall and winter crops. For me lettuce is one of my favorite things to grow, I love fresh salads and will eat as many as I can in spring, summer, fall and winter. I don’t buy lettuce at the store though, so it’s always bittersweet when the lettuce fades until the next harvest.

Do you have any vegetables that are nearing their end in the garden? What will you miss the most?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.