Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Perpetual Greens Bed

This is a dedicated raw greens bed -- every few weeks I sprinkle some kind of seed that grows edible greens -- various kinds of red and green leaf lettuces, mache, Chinese greens, herbs like cilantro, dill, and basil.  As we get into hotter weather, hardier greens like collards and New Zealand spinach will start sprouting.

I treat all these greens as cut-and-come-again plants, always cutting from the outer leaves and leaving the growing centers intact.

We have lots of volunteers too.

I can't think of anything more useful for a home garden, except maybe tomatoes.  There's just no comparison between the weeks-old bagged lettuce mixes and the minutes-old lettuces from a garden.  It's so easy and we have plenty of greens for huge salads with every single dinner, sandwich fillings, and green smoothies.

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