Can’t Cut It, Part 2



Little Gem Lettuce compressed  Sadly, my reluctance to cut extends into the potager as well.  I just love looking at the beautiful patterns the veggies make in my raised beds.  Just look at that lovely block of perfect “Little Gem” lettuces. How can I harvest one, and leave an ugly hole?  Even removing a few outer leaves of a pink-tinged rosette of lettuce causes me to pause.  To cut an entire lettuce plant, or a head of cabbage that will ruin the design, is truly a challenge.  I tried at first to just take out the center plant, and then a corner plant, but I couldn’t stand the unbalance, so I’d cut all four corners.  That was too much lettuce to eat at once, so we too often ate two and composted two.  Even worse was when the end result was often admiring the design until the plants actually began to bolt, then…

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