A few weeks ago I became motivated to grow a few things after my dismay at the lackluster, flavorless produce available in the market. I grew up with fresh veggies being served almost daily and in the off season I was offered fresh frozen all straight from my Dad's garden.
I hate to be sentimental but I miss the taste of a warm sun ripened tomatoes fresh off the vine or snacking on a fresh picked cuke. I have attempted to grow veggies here before but with limited success. The insects here have proven to be formidable foes. My last years crop of tomatoes, eggplant and squash yielded very little and what it did was almost all infested. I did have good luck with basil and oregano and they paired well with my homemade mozzarella and local fresh tomatoes. I'll have a mozzarella lesson soon. I need to order some rennet first.
This year I decided to grow a few things that I know grow fairly well here and one that I don't have a clue about. I planted spinach, snow peas, grape tomatoes, crook neck squash, romaine lettuce and asparagus beans.
So after watching and watering I finally was able to taste the first of what I hope will be a continuous cascade of crunchiness!
Here it is in all it's glory!!!
I clipped only the larger outer leaves as I hope that it will continue to produce new leaves all season long. It was crisp without bitterness a great improvement over store bought. My garden is limited to a few boxes. I've only been gardening in Mississippi for a few seasons so I'm going to experiment to see what works before I go on to a larger plot.
Here's my little garden.
I recommend everyone try to grow at least a little something they enjoy eating. It can take a little time and it can be frustrating but...the rewards of eating something you have grown on your own are immeasurable.
Ah the zen of fresh lettuce!!
"Chow For Now"