Salad Days: a cautionary tale
As all intrepid gardeners know, there are many varieties of lettuce and I am certainly a sucker for a new variety. Imagine my delight when DT Brown decided to send me a free trial packet of lettuce seeds 🙂 At this point, please note that DTB does not provide a helpful picture on the front of any of the seed packets they want to tempt you with.
Over the last few days, I’ve had a guest staying and obviously I wanted to impress with my prowess in the kitchen, particularly garnishing all meals with all suitable homegrown produce. Mixed salad is a simple accompaniment to any lunch. Here are some mixed types of lettuce I’ve being growing.
Here is me just starting lunch.
And here I am again shortly after.
If you go back to the real lettuce photo, you’ll see two types, but on this particular salad day, there were three. I’ve since done a silvicultural thinning of the raised bed. I thought one of the salad types was a bit odd but there were 4 plants and I assumed the leaves I’d snipped off were the trial sort. Do you recognise this?
Of course you do! It’s Dipsacus fullonum; otherwise known as teasel!! Yes, it seems it self-seeded in said raised bed and do you know, it blends in beautifully with lettuce. I can assure you it’s very bitter indeed and anyone growing teasel would be wise to keep it away from the lettuce bed! How did I find out what it was? In this area of the garden, I also have several pots that contain summer pretties and low and behold… well, three have been replanted in more suitable ground…
By the way, my guest went home today 😉