Me and My Lettuce Garden
by Nikki Willhite
My Lettuce Garden
When people were confined to their homes during the COVID-19 crises they got very creative. Shopping became difficult, and many people started trying to produce more food at home.
Lettuce was an issue. You could store carrots and peas in the freezer or in cans, but if the store was out of lettuce you were out of lettuce.
My shady backyard
I thought lettuce was hard to grow. We have had many gardens over the years, but we never grew lettuce. Our current yard is small, and it is shaded by very large Northwest fir trees. We didn't think anything would grow without more sun. Nevertheless, my husband and I decided to take a chance and my husband built some planters boxes. We planted some seeds and we waited to see what would happen.
What happened? In a matter of weeks we were harvesting lettuce. We had Romaine lettuce, we had Butterhead lettuce, we had a variety of garden lettuce. We had more lettuce than we knew what to do with. We were both shocked and pleased.
Turns out more sun comes through gloomy skies and trees than we thought. Our other concern was the abundance of rabbits in the area. Apparently raised beds are sometimes enough to deter them. The rabbits have not disturbed our garden, even though one of their hangouts is under our deck.
Most of the cool weather crops, like peas, carrots and radishes, are doing well. This supply of fresh vegetables has been such a blessing and given us peace of mind. It was worth the effort, even though we spent a bit of money putting in good soil.
Don't overlook gardening as a source of frugal, fresh and healthy food. It is worth your time, money and effort.