Well, considering all that has happened with the economy, I am really glad that I have planted a small tiny garden. Even if there will be no exporting or selling for big bucks. Hopefully, I will have enough for a salad or two.
I have planted a butterhead lettuce, Lactuca sativa, specifically – Tom Thumb. As you may have guessed, the heads are small. About the size of a baseball with leaves. It is the perfect lettuce for space challenged gardens. I got my seeds at www.heirloomseeds.com.
I have also planted flat leaf parsley, bright lights swiss chard, and Monstrueuse de Viroley spinach. I planted flat leaf parsley because I like to use it in cooking over the curled leaf variety. I planted the bright lights swiss chard because of the different colored stems, red, yellow and orange as opposed to just plain old chard.
The spinach variety was planted because I loved the description at www.rareseeds.com “A gourmet French heirloom developed prior to 1866”. I figure if it’s been around that long maybe even I can’t kill it. It is also described as “very fast growing, popular for fall planting”. Bingo. This spinach is supposed to have large leaves and are of the smooth variety.
I have never planted spinach, so this will be a new experience. I have planted swiss chard before but only with transplants, not from seed. Parsley I have had a “hit and miss” success, so we shall see.
I’ll keep you posted.