How Does Our Garden Grow?
Lesson Learned, Sort Of

Surprising Salad

I thought I knew when fruits and vegetables were in season.  I eagerly anticipated the first asparagus of the spring.  I know June is for strawberries, and August is for watermelons.  Apple picking starts in September and the time to eat winter squash starts in October.

Therefore, I found it to be such a surprise when I started gardening and realized how much I still didn't know.  Lettuce grows in spring and fall, yet tomatoes and cucumbers grow in the summer.  How is it that my go-to salad consists of lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers when they don't grow at the same time?

Now that I'm trying harder to eat things in season, this poses a bit of a dilemma.  We've been making Caesar salads lately (and started using a yummy yogurt-based dressing), since they don't contain summer veggies.  A friend of mine has salads featuring dried fruit and nuts.  I've put a shade tent over my lettuce in the hope of keeping it from bolting before I can get some cucumbers.  And then, later in the summer, my salads will be more like Greek village salads; without lettuce.

It's just a little thing, but when everything is available all year in the grocery store, you never really think about it.

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