i am a beginning vegetable gardener. i am still learning how to grow certain vegetables, and don’t always have perfect success stories in my garden. that is why i am very happy to have the time to be able to practice gardening. as a registered nurse, i have always favored the term “nursing practice”. it has given me the confidence to try different measures to make a patient feel better. therefore, gardening practice seems so logical to me.
this year, i do have a success story in the garden. growing lettuce varieties from seed has become easier for me with dedicated soil within my fenced garden. i still enjoy growing lettuce in pots, high above the ground level, away from hungry bunnies. my deck always seems to have some space for a few lettuce pots. this year, my second harvest was delicious last week.
the lettuce leaves grew to nearly four inches and were both tender and tasty. i rinse them in a stainless colander and then spin them in my salad spinner, allowing them to dry on paper towels on the countertop. within one-half hour, the lettuce leaves can be turned and allowed to dry some more. i store them in the refrigerator, just waiting for a delicious salad opportunity.
i usually choose a variety of lettuce leaves, mache, and arugula for the best tasting assortment.