Lettuce Begin with Lettuce (not Tomatoes)

When most of you think of starting a small garden, you most likely think of the tomato.  It's the quintessential backyard garden veggie (actually fruit, but I won't hold that against you).  And it does taste sooo much better when its fresh from the garden (and not unloaded off a semi from CA).  

Nevertheless, tomatoes can be a challenge to grow.   A tomato is nearly the end product of the plant's life cycle.  It's the fruit that holds the seeds for next year's plants.  So, getting the plant nearly to adulthood can be a tricky thing.  Water!  Fertilizer!  Sun!  And don't forget the squirrels!  It's a lot to balance when you're still riding your gardener training wheels.

Might I suggest an alternative for the start of your backyard garden?  How about lettuce?  As opposed to the tomato, lettuce gardening harvests the very first part of the plant's production--the leaves. 

So as you consider beginning your backyard garden, skip the thoughts of a juicy tomato (for now) and start simply with a bowl of delicious, crisp fresh lettuce.  Just like tomatoes, its so much tastier than its grocery store counterpart but unlike tomatoes, it's a lot simpler to grow. 

So, get out in the dirt and get growing!

Need some help growing your own?  Check out my easy to read, step by step guide to growing your own salad.  It's in the shop!