I'm saying this very softly so the critters don't hear --doesn't this look like fabulous rabbit food? With all the horror stories I've read about rabbits in gardens surely Hoe & Shovel must not have any lettuce eating bunnies around or this tender bounty would be the talk of rabbit world.
To be truthful I have hardly been able to contain my excitement all day long. Right now I actually want to squeal quite loudly that THIS IS MY FIRST EVER HARVEST of lettuce.
In a round about way that is...
I had been putting it off but it was definitely time to thin the lettuce. Why is thinning so difficult for me? Uprooting perfectly good plants just doesn't seem right. Then I remind myself that pruning back perfectly good plants doesn't seem right either but it is necessary. So, thinning shall be done.
Because this is an above ground food I've been reasoning all along- why not wait a little longer then I can eat these tender greens instead of throwing them to the compost pile like all the other plants I've thinned.
One of my welcomed surprises is that it is growing at all actually. I purchased this variety because the seed packet states: Heatwave Blend. Risking that I had waited too late for success, I sowed the seeds anyway. It also states: sow seeds thinly... I think I didn't read that part well.
With the baby greens thinned out and then thoroughly washed, hubby and I were the only rabbits around here eating our greens for dinner. What a thrilling experience. From the garden to the table and one of my favorite meals to boot!
I left more lettuce than I should have in the ground... I'll be having salad again very soon. Then I guess I should let the lettuce get to maturity. Won't that be fun?
My Garden Helper
I've been keeping our 2 yr. old grandson a couple of days a week recently. Like most 2 yr. olds he is fascinated with water. He also seems fascinated with his Mimi's garden. I'm not picky, anyone who is fascinated with my garden, I'll chat your ear off about it. So I tell him what's what and he seems to care.
It's to be expected I don't get a whole lot of gardening done on the days he is with me. But he really likes to help me with the daily watering and he's especially happy to use his own watering can to do it.
Even more fun than watering are the rocks! ... in the bucket, out of the bucket... tossed in the air or squeezed up by the handful slowly allowing them to trickle through his pudgy little fingers. They keep him occupied long enough for me to get the tomatoes tied to their stakes and pull some weeds.
His sweet and innocent curiosity gives me indescribable joy and to imagine he might grow up to embrace gardening makes my heart swell with anticipation.