Into the Lettuce

Lately around our house we’ve really been getting into the lettuce from the vegetable garden – in fact quite literally!

This red Romaine lettuce called Rouge d’Hiver is a very tasty selection we made from Baker’s Creek. The red coloring is fading as the temperatures are beginning to warm. It won’t be long before this heirloom vegetable begins to bolt and I can collect seed from it for use next year. Until then we’re eating salads like they’re going out of style! I commented last night to my wife how we always seem to eat better during the growing season. The explanation is simple: we grow more of our own food, it’s healthier because it is organically grown, it tastes better because it’s fresh from the garden, and the vegetables get used more because I see them and don’t forget about them in that deep dark place in the refrigerator from where there is no return! (I have a bad habit of buying lettuce then forgetting it exists!)

Do you really need more reasons to grow vegetables in your own backyard?

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About Dave

Dave has written since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.


  1. I didn't plant any lettuce this year. :( Had a late start getting things going. Yours looks delicious.

  2. Dave, there is a blog you might like. She does a lot with veggies and other plants -unusual things! K-Town Homestead.


  3. It tastes many times better when we raise it our selves. I got my lettuce & spinach. It will make a wonderful salad. Just put a couple little carrots in. Wowser.

  4. I planted lettuce for the first time this year and loved it. Also planted spinach and red mustard. We have been eating lots of yummy salads too.

  5. Congrats on this Rouge d'Hiver lettuce. It looks very healthy and tasty.

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