When people were confined to their homes during the COVID-19 crises they got
very creative. Shopping became difficult, and many people started trying
to produce more food at home.
Lettuce was an issue. You could store carrots and peas in the freezer or in
cans, but if the store was out of lettuce you were out of lettuce.
My shady backyard
I thought lettuce was hard to grow. We have had many gardens over the years, but
we never grew lettuce. Our current yard is small, and it is shaded by very
large Northwest fir trees. We didn't think anything would grow without more
sun. Nevertheless, my husband and I decided to take
a chance and my husband built some planters boxes. We planted some seeds and we
waited to see what would happen.
What happened? In a matter of weeks we were harvesting lettuce. We had Romaine
lettuce, we had Butterhead lettuce, we had a variety of garden lettuce. We
had more lettuce than we knew what to
do with. We were both shocked and pleased.
Turns out more sun comes through gloomy skies and trees than we thought.
Our other concern was the abundance of rabbits in the area. Apparently raised beds
enough to deter them. The rabbits have not disturbed our garden, even though one
of their hangouts is under our deck.
Most of the cool weather crops, like peas, carrots and radishes, are doing well. This supply of fresh vegetables has been such a blessing and
given us peace of mind. It was worth the effort, even though we spent a bit of
money putting in good soil.
Don't overlook gardening as a source of
frugal, fresh and healthy food. It is worth your time, money and effort.