Saturday, June 18, 2011

First Fruits (Vegetables) of the Season

The plants in our small garden have persevered through temperature extremes and excessive rainfall. (Part of the garden had been under water several times.) We are about to pick the first vegetables from our garden.

I love fresh lettuce, but hot weather can cause problems here in Indiana. As I remember growing up in Wisconsin, I think we had leaf lettuce from late spring (in a cold frame) until early fall. I have never been able to duplicate that feat here in Indiana. Almost every year I try to grow lettuce with varying degrees of success. This year we started with plants instead of seeds. Dennis spent $1.25 for eight Romaine lettuce plants. It looks like we will have lettuce in June.
Fresh from the garden
Rinsed lettuce

If you don't have a salad spinner, I recommend getting one—no more soggy lettuce! It's also fun to use. Push down and watch it spin.

Add radishes, olives, onions or anything else you fancy and enjoy eating a delicious salad.

Dennis and I are eagerly waiting for the tomatoes and cucumbers.


  1. Yum! Oh-how I wish we had room for a proper garden! We've grown mini-tomatoes, eggplant, green peppers, and some herbs with varying degrees of success on the porch, but... *sigh*. That salad looks *really* good:-))

  2. Glad you like it. It's not the same, but don't give up on the small-scale "gardening." Home-grown veggies taste good and give satisfaction even when grown on a small scale. I'll add more blog posts through the summer.