There’s Nothing Like a Homegrown Spring Salad!


romaine-salad-largeNothing says, “Hey! It’s Spring!” any more than a nice fresh salad with vegetables. Especially one  grown from your own little backyard garden. Earlier in January, I had some misgivings concerning the lettuce starts I had seeded in October. For the better part of the winter, they just languished in the frames… not really doing anything. Then, as if by magic, as the weather became warmer in March and April, they really took off and flourished! To my increasing amazement, I am still harvesting romaine from the two cold frames (see my earlier blogs) and have to admit that now the effort was worth it. Pictured, at right, is a salad I prepared today. It featured homegrown lettuce, green onions, chives, celery and radishes. Only the celery is store bought. Not bad! Right now I have my spring lettuce starts in the garden and they are still a bit tiny. I’ve also put out green bell pepper, broccoli and Brussels sprout transplants along with some carrot seed that is now growing nicely. I’ll try and get in a more comprehensive report on the garden later next week.

About forsythkid

I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who currently resides in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy blogging and politics. I received my degree from SIU majoring in Biology in 1972 and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.
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1 Response to There’s Nothing Like a Homegrown Spring Salad!

  1. cfleming says:

    I see this blog lasted the length of your cold frame experiment … and I enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to post. I read all your entries. I’ve considered doing something similar and anticipated this outcome, but still thought ‘but maybe, just maybe, it’ll be like spring-time in that thing’. You’ve saved me some time from trying this myself. I think the logical conclusion is that a cold frame is most beneficial for an early start on spring growing … I suspect that had you started in February instead of October, you would get near same growing results : with much less concern for losing the crop in during a cold snap, of course. Much appreciated!

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