Personally I feel that vegetable gardening is better than other forms of gardening. First of all they can provide me with an excellent source of food. I do love vegetables after all. Then there is the fact that I find these plants attractive and pleasing to the eyes. In some ways they can compare with the ornamental plants that we normally go for.
My Favorite Garden Vegetables- Like what I have mentioned earlier I’m a lover of vegetables. But there are certain types that I prefer over the others. There are a couple of reasons why these vegetables were included in my list. Either I love eating them or I enjoy taking care of them as plants.
1. Carrots- A vegetable garden is sure to be incomplete if it does not have carrots among its roster. What makes it suitable for gardening is the fact it is quite easy to cultivate them.
2. Sweet Potatoes- This is another kind of vegetables that is extremely easy to grow and cultivate. You can plant sweet potatoes i the same manner that you plant regular potatoes. You can cut a piece from the sweet potatoes that you can get from the local grocer and plant them in the same manner that you would plant potatoes.
3. Pumpkins- The thing about pumpkins is that they have very large seeds that it is almost a sure thing that you can grow them.
4. Eggplants- You can get these plants as seedlings from a nursery. Taking care of them is very easy and then there is the fact that they can be quite tasty on the plate.
5. Sweet Corn- I love the way that they dominate my vegetable garden. Some varieties can reach a height of up to 10 feet. I don’t plant them as a food source but mainly for display.
6. Radish- If you are just starting out in gardening then including radishes in your garden crop is a must. Why are they well suited to new gardeners? First of all they are very easy to grow. After planting them they need very little care.
My All Time Top Most Favorite Vegetable- Now we come to the vegetable that I really want to write about. I can’t remember the first time that I ate lettuce but I am sure that I must have enjoyed it. I like this plant both as a source of food and as a garden plant. Another thing that I like about lettuce is that the home grown variety can taste a lot better than the ones that you get at the grocery.
Why Home Grown is Better- Aside from tasting better the home grown variety of lettuce has other advantages from the ones that you can buy commercially. Since this type of vegetable is best consumed as a salad there is a great risk in eating the ones that you can purchase commercially. They might have been exposed to pesticides and chemicals from the farm where they came from. If you are growing your own variety then you can make sure that no harmful chemicals can come near your plants.
Growing A Lettuce Garden- Lettuce plants are generally grown in cold weather. When grown in warmer conditions the plants might give off a bitter taste which is not ideal for those who are after the refreshing taste of its leaf which makes it ideal for salads. You can either plant them as seedlings or you can work them directly on the ground as soon as conditions permit. This plant grows well on soil that is rich on nitrogen so you have to add plenty of compost. Raised beds are more suitable for growing these vegetables than rows.
How To Harvest the Lettuce Plant- Harvesting this plant is very easy. You can either cut the leaves as you need them, or you can cut the whole part of the plant that is above soil. The remaining part can sprout again providing you with a renewable green salad source. One tip to ensure that you can enjoy the best lettuce taste is to harvest only in the early mornings and just refrigerate the leaves until you need them.
Heirloom Lettuce- Have you heard about heirloom lettuce or other heirloom vegetables? These are the vegetable varieties that have been cultivated in the past but are not commonly used anymore. Some experts would use the year 1951 as a reference year for classifying which are heirloom plants. Those varieties that were introduced after that year are considered to be non-heirloom. The year 1951 is significant because that was the year when hybrid plants were first introduced and used on large scales. It has become a trend in recent years to grow heirloom vegetables in gardens.
There are certain types of heirloom plants that are quite common now on many home gardens like beans and tomatoes. Some gardeners might not be too familiar with the fact that there are heirloom lettuces. I have had the same problem in the past but after I have tasted sampled them I was convinced that they are indeed worth growing on any garden.
The Best Heirloom Lettuce Varieties– I have several heirloom lettuce varieties in my garden. I could say that ty$���а����ݰ������%Ǌ��I5�8y}��}�,��<����s��u�~˾�&?"y�N� your garden here are some of the best varieties of heirloom lettuce that I have tried or at least have used.
Bath Cos- This variety originated sometime in the 18th century. It originated in England. It has green leaves which has a little trace of blue to it. The stem color is generally pink. This variety belongs to the Roumain type of lettuce and it has a very distinct look.
Black Seeded Simpson- This variety was introduced some time in the mid 19th Century. The leaves have a distinct crumpled look and are very tender. They also have a rather sweet taste. This variety belongs to the loose leaf type.
Bronze Arrow- Introduced after the Second Word War this oak leaf type of lettuce offers a memorable taste. It can resist some of the common diseases which might affect other lettuce varieties.
Brown Dutch Winter- This variety was introduced in the 18th century and there is even a mention of it in records of botany as early as 1731. It was also cultivated in Colonial America where even Thomas Jefferson used it. The leaves of this variety is large and floppy and has a bronze hue to it.
Lollo Rossa- When it comes to beauty there is no other lettuce variety that can come close to this. Its leaves are red and are very frilly in appearance. I always maintain this variety in my garden mainly for decoration.
Deer Tongue- This variety is also known as the Amish Deer Tongue and it is a loose leaf type of lettuce. The leaves are triangular in shape. The good thing about this variety is that unlike other types of lettuce they can tolerate quite well.
Craco Viensis- This variety came from Eastern Europe and it probably originated sometime in the late 19th century. The leaves have a distinct butter like flavor to it. It can grow quite fast as well making it the ideal garden lettuce.