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Lettuce is a gateway drug

Have you ever thought of lettuce as a gateway drug? You know, the thing that turns you on so much you can't wait to move on to the next addictive step? Lettuce has got to be THE easiest thing to grow from seed. I've gotten so blase about it, I don't even water when they go in. Actually, I check the weather forecast to see when rain is expected. Getting lazy, but what a pleasure this morning to see evidence of overnight rain!

Lettuce is a gateway drug

Have you ever thought of lettuce as a gateway drug? You know, the thing that turns you on so much you can't wait to move on to the next addictive step? Lettuce has got to be THE easiest thing to grow from seed. I've gotten so blase about it, I don't even water when they go in. Actually, I check the weather forecast to see when rain is expected. Getting lazy, but what a pleasure this morning to see evidence of overnight rain!

I planted several heirloom varieties on Sunday, the last chore in a weekend packed with them. This photo isn't of my garden. It's one of Howard Brosius' micro farms - the cedar boxes with lids and heat that he's created whole gardening programs around for kids. It's a pretty neat invention. You;'d think Howard would be happy to concentrate on the here and now. I don't know if lettuce is responsible, but he's already thinking about the next step - raised-bed farming!

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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