I like to grow mesculin mixes and heirloom lettuces.
My favorite source is Baker Creek
, they have 29 varieties of lettuce including everything from "Forellenschluss - an Old Austrian heirloom, the name means 'speckled like a trout'; a superb, gorgeous romaine lettuce, that is highly splashed in deep red. Very beautiful and tasty" to "Tom Thumb - An heirloom lettuce that dates to the 1850s. It makes small cabbage-like green heads, only 3"-4" across."
They have over 900 varieties of heirloom vegetables and have maintained their standing in the top 20 of mail order garden companies (out of over 3000) for several years at the Garden Watchdog
because of the quality of their seeds and service. A special bonus is that you can order as much as you want and shipping is a flat $2.50.
I also like The Cook's Garden
If you want to plant, go ahead. Lettuce can do pretty well in cooler temperatures and in many cases cold temperatures eliminate bitterness. The seeds will know when the optimum environment is for them to do their thing.
Welcome to ChefTalk! I'll have to try your recipe, sounds delicious!
Actually, there's a whole community of gardeners across the country who believe it's never to early to plant either. It's called Winter Sowing
, and here is the FAQ
. They actually plant throughout the winter months with great success and the plants tend to be hardier than those started in controlled environments like greenhouses.
You may also be particularly interested in this Vegetable Gardening Forum
. You can learn a ton just by browsing the threads, or ask about anything you need to.
Looking forward to more on your bio.