The Tasting of Mesclun Cuisine Lettuce Mix

| 10/13/2011 9:13:41 PM

A photo of Nebraska DaveHey, it's me again.  The weather here has been five star Autumn weather.  Because of the very dry September with only one inch of the normal 2.86 inches of rain fall, major leaf fall as begun.  The trees in my yard are almost totally bare.  Only the Maple trees are hanging on to their leaves.  They normally drop their leaves the first week or two of November but who knows this year.  So far this month we have .95 of an inch of rain which again is far behind the average rain fall for October of 2.42 inches.  It's only fitting that the garden year should end with the same bipolar attitude that it started the year.  Don't you think?  All of my blogger garden friends have similar stories about a less than productive garden experience this year.  I am kind of glad this year is over and am already planning next year's gardens.  With the new property looking like a go, the potential is practically limitless for a couple years.

The Mesclun weed cuisine ... errr, ah, lettuce mix has come to maturity and harvesting has commenced. I caught one of those fat leaf munching worms in the cuisine patch the other day.  Funny thing was that it was on a wild bind weed.  Hmmm, even the worms prefer weeds to Chef Platt's Mesclun lettuce mix.  I will say one thing about Mesclun lettuce and that is it's some pretty hardy stuff.  I had given up on the whole experiment and just left it to die.  I didn't water it and water has been pretty sparse the last six weeks.  As you can see it not only lived but thrived and the rabbits didn't touch a single leaf.  Hmmmmm.  I guess I'll give it a taste but if there are weeds in the patch, I'm not sure I would know the difference.  If you don't hear from me for a while, call the cops because I'm laying in the Mesclun salad face down on the kitchen table from eating a poison weed by mistake. 

Mesculn Greens 

OK, so here's the first harvest along with almost the last harvest of tomatoes.  The tomatoes look pretty pathetic with old dried up vines but the green tomatoes just keep on getting ripe.  I suppose I'll just continue to let them ripen on the vine and rip them out after the first frost which is any time after the 15th of October. So let's get started and see what this stuff tastes like.

Harvested Greens 

Well, a good wash and torn leaves not cut was first on the list.  A garden fresh chunked up tomato and a sprinkle of chopped onion should bring a good salad to the table.  It still kind of looks like a mess of weeds to me but it didn't taste all that bad but then again I can make any thing taste good when I drown it in Blue Cheese dressing.  I know that just ruined the whole organic thing.  Didn't it? 

Nebraska Dave
11/10/2011 2:41:53 PM

Chuck, $10 for a salad, huh. Hmmmm, I have been eating the salad and it is pretty cold weather tolerate. It's also very proliferate. I can't keep up with the little 4'X4' patch that I planted. I pulled a carrot just to see how they were doing and it was about the size of my little finger. They will stay in the ground for a while longer. The spuds are getting dug either to day or tomorrow. Have a great Thanksgiving day.

Nebraska Dave
11/10/2011 2:37:27 PM

Allan, I should be hearing about the new property and day now. The sixty days should be up right before Thanksgiving which is next week. Next year with the new property (Terra Nova Gardens), the harvest should provide enough to begin to fill the basement storage area that needs finishing this winter. Much of the produce will still be given away to family, friends, and homeless soup kitchens. My main goal with the gardens in the new property will be to give away as much as possible and providing for my own winter food. I have some other thoughts about a front patio neighborhood food exchange but we will have to see how things work out next year. Have a great Thanksgiving day with the family.

Chuck Mallory
11/1/2011 9:36:49 PM

Nebraska Dave, I just want to tell you that a Mesclun salad in Chicago costs $10 so you are living in luxury and maybe didn't even know it! P.S. You sure keep your truck clean!

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