Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In Love With Lettuce

I have a confession to make….I am in love with lettuce.

Marvielle de Quatre Saison

I love the different colorations. textures, and the variety of leaf shapes:

Unknown Variety from a Lettuce Blend

Rouge d'Hiver

Unknown Variety from a Lettuce Blend

I also love how they combine and contrast against each other.


It is almost a shame to eat it.....almost.

12 comments:

  1. Love this post, that is some gorgeous lettuce. This is my first year growing some, can't believe I never did before. Mine is so tiny still, I should have started it under lights. I winter sowed it this year.

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  2. Your lettuce is beautiful. The speckled one that you showed last looks a lot like my Freckle Romaine, which comes under a variety of other names as well.

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  3. Gorgeous photos! I think the speckled one is forellenschluss? I have some like that from a Fedco lettuce blend.

    My confession? I don't actually like lettuce. I just really love how it looks. I grow it because it is purty.

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  4. Me too, me too! I don't know how many varieties I plant, but they are the beauties of the garden. When each seed packet gets low, I just mix them all together into a spice shaker and sprinkle them somewhere. I get the "Surprise" variety that way ;-) My problem is that I hate to harvest the plants, they're just too pretty to rip out or cut off.

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  5. Fabulous lettuce seedlings! Mine went into the ground before they go that big. I actually love harvesting my plants. I love to take a few outer leaves from each plant for each meal. I love how it looks like nothing's happened after I'm done!

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  6. Such pretty seedlings. I love all the different shapes and tastes of lettuce. This spring I'm only growing four varieties, but I'll have more when summer gets here.

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  7. Great Lettuce. I normally direct seed, though my Bro (Sinfonian) starts his under lights. I planted 6 varieties this year, because I love lettuce and the different tastes each brings. I'd love to hear about the taste of some of these varieties you have shown.

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  8. Beautiful shots, love those pretty lettuces.

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  9. Michele: Thanks! I am sure your lettuce will grow quickly. Growing the seedlings under the lights gave mine a head start, but they will need to be hardened off before planting.

    Emily: The speckled lettuce is one of my favorites. At least to look at. The lettuce mix seed packet has a list of varieties, but the speckled one is not one of the ones listed. It will be a mystery until it grows more.

    Muddytoes: I hope to figure out what the speckled one is. It is very pretty. You know, even if I didn’t like lettuce, I think I would grow it because it is beautiful too.

    Granny: I have picked up some mixed lettuce seed packages and love seeing them emerge and grow. You never know what you are going to get.

    Sinfonian: I used different bulbs on the lettuce shelf and they grew really fast. Hopefully, I will be able to plant these out this weekend. I harvest my lettuce a few leaves at a time too.

    Daphne: Thanks! There are so many varieties, colors, textures.

    Urban Homestead WA: I grow some lettuce under lights to get a head start and I also direct seed. Once I start eating these, I can let you know how they taste.

    Mac: Thanks

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  10. Beautiful lettuce, and you captured them so well with your photography skills!

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  11. Nice! I would love to hear about what you do when its time to harden off. Do you have a tried and true method/schedule?

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  12. Lettuce is the "flower" of the vegetable garden....so many textures and colors. I love when the first real flush of young crisp lettuce is ready. Nothing like that first big harvest and salad of the season.

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