And I have discovered something because of my success:
As a green, lettuce fails to impress me.
This may come across as almost sacrilege to many. How could I not love home grown lettuce? Well, I'll tell you, if it weren't for the multitude of other, much tastier, more nutritious, and considerably easier to grow greens, I'd probably be much more impressed with my little lettuce patch. The plain truth is that, I'd rather be eating kale
|White Siberian Kale|
|Baby mustard in the greenhouse|
|Mustard battling the cold (and surviving)|
Chickweed is particularly high in ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and mucilage, and also provides rutin, para amino benzoic acid (PABA), gamma linolenic acid (GLA, an omega-6 fatty acid derivative), niacin, riboflavin (B2), thiamin (B1), beta carotene (A), magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, sodium, selenium, and silicon. (italicized portion from www.kingdomPlantae.net)
This is only the tip of the iceberg for variety greens, there is also Swiss Chard, spinach (which I also have trouble growing, this year I'm trying both a perennial and a vining spinach), beet greens (either red beets or sugar beets) , all of the cabbage family, and and a host of wild greens. With such incredible variety at my fingertips, I will no longer torture myself with endless fruitless plantings of lettuce.
I guess you could say that I'm turning over a new leaf!