When I look outside and still see snow covered gardens (and roofs and cars) it's hard to imagine spring, but this is the time to begin planning a kitchen garden. Very traditional in Europe, a kitchen garden is a simple way to bring a bit of France into your home.
Last year I posted about my container garden, mon petit potager, which I've maintained for many summers. Planting containers of my favorite herbs means I'll have fresh basil, parsley, chives all through the summer and into the fall. Then last week I saw this post on Apartment Therapy that inspired me to add lettuce to my mix.
Baby lettuces are perfect for warm weather salads, when dressings tend toward lighter vinagrettes. Many varieties of baby lettuces are ideal for small container gardens and will begin producing within a month of planting the seeds. Sometimes referred to as "cut and come again" greens because each cutting encourages new growth.
I've ordered my seeds online from The Cook's Garden. True to their name, The Cook's Garden, located in Londonderry, Vermont, has everything you would want for a kitchen garden. Imagine, no more packaged baby greens for your salads! I'm eager to get mine started.
So how about you? Would you like to try to grow some baby greens? I ordered three extra seed packets to giveaway on my blog. If you'd like to participate, post a comment about your plans for the seeds, and I'll put your name in the virtual hat to win a packet of seeds to grow your own lettuce cutting mix. Winners will be announced on Saturday.
And, if you have experience with a small kitchen garden, especially baby greens, I would love to hear from you, too. I'll need all the advice I can get!