A simple salad is the best kind of salad in my book. I do like ornate and composed salads from time to time, don’t get me wrong, but still… A handful of lettuce leaves with a drizzle of olive oil and a touch of balsamic vinegar, a little salt, no more, no less, can’t be beat.
I am in a special lettuce happiness mood these days because after a frustrating series of mostly failed (or half failed) lettuce plantings I finally got a colorful plant carpet for baby lettuce salad. I have been harvesting for a couple of weeks now. I am so, so happy!
For the whole summer and most of the fall it seemed that every time I tried to seed lettuce we would get a heat wave. Forget it then! No lettuce is going to germinate when the surface soil temperature is 100F — in the shade.
If I can figure out a cool enough place to do it out of the reach of critters, next summer I’ll be growing lettuce seedlings in pots before putting them in the ground. A major bother, given the amount of plants I will need to produce, but it beats repeated failed germination. If only I could find a cool safe place…
Now I need to hurry up and eat it all before the plants grow too much. If am I diligent in my harvesting — and subsequent eating — I can get three passes out of that bed of lettuce before it gets bitter. Provided that weather stays cool, of course. Heat is the bane of sweetness in lettuce!