Because I love Kimba so much, and because I’m gimpy for a few weeks, laid up in bed after foot surgery, I’m joining in on her Garden Party to talk about our lettuce beds.  
Because a lettuce garden is quite the project!
(Melissa, me, and Kimba – unfortunately not in our gardens!)
Depending on the zone you live in, you may be experiencing what we are here in Oregon: Rain and cool days.  And with the cooler weather, our lettuce is really thriving, as we’ve been enjoying it since March.
Yes, since March!

1.  We start our lettuce plants by seed in our little greenhouse, allowing them to germinate and to grow 4-6 inches high.
2. Then we transfer the germinated plants to the outside raised beds.
3. Water + sunshine = growth.
We’re on our 3rd round now, and my husband will be taking the small plants from the greenhouse today and transferring them into our outdoor raised beds.

Just ask the guests who’ve been to our house for dinner in the last couple of months if they’ve enjoyed our Coughlin greens!? 
(Great friends – Kimberly, my daughter Abby, Lauren, Judy, and myself – at a recent dinner party in our backyard)
Brought in straight from the garden and served with a tiny bit of dressing, cheese, croutons and freshly chopped herbs.
The smell is soooo fresh and delicious, you just want to put your nose into it.
In fact, I recently said to my daughter: 

Baby, just put your nose right in that lettuce and smell!
So she did.
And then I did.
What do we feed our garden?  
Garden food.  Don’t forget to check out our $5 compost bin that this writer is talking about!
Oh, and one more important thing. I think I should add  step #4 to my list:

4. Take your garden greens and share them with your friends!

What is your favorite kind of lettuce?  
(Very top photo:  Various greens that came straight out of our garden beds!  Butter crunch is my favorite.)

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