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Comment by Sharon Robinson (Z4, ND, USA) on January 29, 2011 at 6:23pm
Bob, I generally plant leaf lettice in the spring, then cut what I want when it gets to the right length, keep it in water until I'm ready to use it that night. If you don't cut it too close to the ground, it will grow back.  Romain is also easy to grow and provides a nice accompaniment to the leaf lettice. Your own tomatoes, peppers, lettice, onions...makes a wonderful salad.
Comment by Muriel Fish on January 29, 2011 at 4:55pm
Just harvested lemons.  I "squoze" the juice into muffin tins to freeze in "juice of one lemon" units.  I pop them out when they are frozen and put them in a freezer container for later use.  I grate the zest and freeze it too.  Made up a batch of really fresh lemonade.  So easy.  4 cups of water for every cup of lemon juice plus 3 Tablespoons of blue agave sweetener.  I add a splash of vanilla sometimes too.  Agave is very low on the glycemic index, so it's much more diet friendly than sugar.  Great way to get your vitamin C in the winter.
Comment by Lyn - Sydney on January 29, 2011 at 4:00pm
Muriel - I do the same, I just pick leaves on an ongoing basis. I grew Mizuna this season and it just kept going for months, same as the Baby Bok Choy.  Then when it really was past it's Use By Date - so to speak, I pulled up the whole thing and fed it to the chickens who devoured everything! No waste in my house.....
Comment by Muriel Fish on January 29, 2011 at 2:37pm
I cut off the top and get more leaves. I eat from the plant until it starts to taste bitter. You can do this with chard too. I'm still harvesting chard I planted in April.
Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on January 29, 2011 at 1:58pm

Fellow Gardeners...


Leaf Lettuce:  I've alway just pulled the plant for the compost pile whenever it "bolts" (starts to get milky sap and/or seed heads.)  

Today, a friend said he just cuts the plant off at 3-4 inches above the ground and gets another flush of good for eating leaves.

What do you suggest?  Does this work?

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on January 29, 2011 at 11:10am

Miko ... you've mentioned the washing machine insert a couple of times now and I think that's a great idea!   We've got an appliances salvage yard not far from here and I'm going to go see if I can get a few of them tomorrow morning.  Thank you!!   Cheers!

Comment by Minako Sargent Fukuda on January 28, 2011 at 11:09pm
Dear Robert, thanks for your advice , could you please put a pic of your blueberrie patch/s so I get an idea of what to provide for them, we have not got foodstamps like you , we get reduction coupons but thats it, lyn, you must be an exellent gardener , I am  just pining for my own piece of land and I want to be selfsuff. dont know if I can kill my own meat, if - it has to be quick and as painless as possible , we had to dispatch fish straightaway after being caught by law back home and i agree with it, cruelty is out, I wont stand for it, have signed for the cove , against the killing of dolphins and whales and I am wholeheartetly behind whaling to stop, the site is care 2 ,and you can save a hole lot of diff. things/creatures with the click of your mouse!for the one with the peach tree prob. I grow mine in the past 5 yrs in my w/machine insert and its so full or peaches I never disturb the rootsystem its not touched just put fert. every 2-3 weeks when the fruit is growing, prune tree to you idea of comfi height! Miko
Comment by Robert E Brown--z7b8aNC on January 28, 2011 at 9:53pm
You can offer any extra seeds you may have as well.  I learned the other week that you can use food stamps to purchase seeds.  Now finding a place that accepts food stamps and sells seeds is another story.
Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on January 28, 2011 at 7:53pm
I was most disappointed to discover that our local food bank, shelters and halfway houses accepting public money, or serving the public, are not able to accept locally grown foods of any kind as a donation, not and feed it to the people they serve. So, I and my gardening friends raise food for ourselves, sharing idea, results of experiments, seeds and sometimes plants and harvest. What a waste! There are many of us who would gladly raise farm fresh vegetables to help out a little, or a lot.
Comment by Robert E Brown--z7b8aNC on January 28, 2011 at 3:57pm
I really don't know what else to say about blueberries, Miko.  Most of the advice I have gotten has been given in here already.  Mine are established and I don't do much more than pick them when they are ripe.  I will give them some water if it gets to dry.  Other than that, I guess I just have the right spot for them.

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