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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 herÂ Garden Party to talk about our lettuce beds. Â
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. Â And with the cooler weather, our lettuce is really thriving, as we’ve been enjoying it since March.
Yes, since March!
1. Â 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!?Â
(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:Â
Baby, just put your nose right in that lettuce and smell!
Oh, and one more important thing.Â I think I should add Â step #4 to my list:
4. Take your garden greens and share them with your friends!
What is your favorite kind of lettuce? Â
(Very top photo: Â Various greens that came straight out of our garden beds! Â Butter crunch is my favorite.)
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originally published June 15, 2009 — last updated January 12, 2010
Welcome to my home and table! I'm Sandy—lover of food, family, cooking, THE BIG BOARD, travel, and bringing people together. Feasting on Life begins the moment we open our door (and hearts) to hospitality, wherever we are. Through great recipes and connection around the table, we become better, stronger, and more courageous people. Feasting on Life is real, and every time we do it, we grow a little more.