Baby, Just Smell the Lettuce – Garden Party!

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.)

38 comments on “Baby, Just Smell the Lettuce – Garden Party!”

  1. Thanks for the link. I keep lurking and really enjoy your blog. I love your romantic and enthusiastic lettuce-love. I doubt anyone can read this without craving a fresh salad! :) I know I am on my way to grab some fresh leaves now!

  2. YUM! Love your lettuce (don't love that photo of me, however. Who is that? eesh.)

    So jealous of your garden! It sounds so healthy and delicious!

  3. There is nothing better than fresh lettuce!

  4. Peppery arugula would be my favorite! Added to a mixed green salad, it adds just the right amount of bitter/pepper flavor!
    My lettuce is doing great! We are eating off it daily!

  5. I love your lettuce. You are on my list to get back to after my big wedding brunch for 100. I hope your foot feels better soon.

    Love your kids and your home.


  6. I love all kinds of lettuce. I usually buy it bagged..snicker…and I love the spring mix.

    I planted lettuce in my garden but the stuff from seed is having issues )C: which makes me sad. I do have 4 plants that someone gave me, and they're doing well. I may need to do something different for next year.

    I always love how yummy your lettuce looks.

  7. Hi Sandy,

    I love it all! And, you just can't beat a good green salad this time of year!

    I want to thank you for your visit to my blog, (before I left for vaction) I have been busy as a bee trying to catch up on my visiting. I hope you will come back often! It was so nice to have you.

    Hope you have a wonderful day. Nancy

  8. What delicious salads you must be enjoying! Next year (Jan) we plant to start some seeds indoors too. We started our garden a little bit late this year, so still waiting for the fruits…smile. Not to mention we have been building up our compost and that takes a bit of time.
    All in good time! :o)

  9. Oh wow! I'm jealous and now I think I am gonna have me a big old salad for lunch! :)

  10. Your growing a salad! It looks soooo good! Great photos too! I hope ours turns out that tasty looking!

  11. Man! That lettuce is beautiful.
    I like to put my nose in cilantro. ;>)
    [email protected]~Mella

  12. Yum – the pics of your beautiful lettuce made me drool! Too bad we don't have smell-a-puter! (hmm…that doesn't sound right, but you get my drift).


  13. We are growing lettuce for the first time this year. OMG! Delicious. I will never be able to eat iceburg lettuce again.

  14. oh now that looks YUMMY!!! I haven't grown a garden since I was a kid!!!


  15. Gorgeous lettuce! Now I need to find the perfect homemade salad dressing…I'm still searching!

  16. I love salad. I was just talking to my boyfriend yesterday, telling him that I don't get people who say they don't like vegetables. What, seriously, there isn't a single vegetable out there that you like? That's just plain crazy!

    Your lettuce looks fabulous. lol, I never really thought I'd ever say that.

  17. I wish I was able to smell it too. Everything looks so delish.

  18. Gorgeous lettuce! I really need to tear up more of this suburban lawn and plant some veggies, am green with envy!

  19. We actually had some success with our lettuce this year. But living in Florida it got hot pretty quick. But I do love the smell of fresh lettuce. This year we only grew romaine. We weren't sure how it would do but it did great. We'll probably branch out next time and try something else as well.
    Always love your photos!

  20. Looks yummy! So green and fresh!
    sandy toe

  21. Looks so yummy! I'm a southern gal and that takes me back to my grandparents' farm. We would pick fresh lettuce and serve with crumbled bacon and fresh green onions drizzled with a tiny bit of hot bacon grease. Yummm! Thanks for evoking the memory! And I'm jealous that you have a greenhouse!

  22. Gardening and yard sales! Lots going on here as always.

    Your lettuce is divine!

  23. Ohhh, that looks delicious! I can't wait for harvesting time in our area.


  24. I'm jealous.. I haven't had anything to harvest from any of my plants yet.. hopefully soon.
    The lettuce looks wonderful.

  25. Beautiful lettuce! Perfect for a garden party! I'll make the dressing, you bring the salad, okay?! :)

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