I love this time of year when I can get my salad fixings fresh out of the garden. It reminds me that spring is here and with that warmer weather to enjoy puttering around in the garden.
In the fall I plant my first batch of lettuce. In the past, I have tried a variety of different kinds, but due to the drastic weather changes of hot and cold, I found that the Simpson lettuce works the best for me. I grow a row and start at one end and cut some of the leaves off and by the time I get to the other end it has regrown, and I can start all over.
Occasionally the weather warms up too much, and it takes off and bolts. Until I started photography I never really noticed how pretty the yellow flowers are. I have also discovered that if I let it go to seed, it will reseed itself in late winter.
In the winter I pair the lettuce with fresh sprouts that I have grown indoors if Ms. Eight, my cat, hasn’t eaten them all. In early spring the radishes, carrots, and tomatoes are ready and make a nice addition.