The Real Cost of Starting a Year-Round Garden

By Bloomberg Rankings and Nikhil Hutheesing - 2013-03-11T15:14:17Z

Photograph by Jeremy Hudson

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Mesclun All Year

Just being able to pick lettuce from your garden in the winter may seem impressive enough. Margaret Roach of awaytogarden.com says there's another benefit: For the price of one pound of organic baby mesclun, you can buy seed that will give you salads for a couple of years. Besides that, the brilliant colors of the lettuce leaves -- from green-blue to deep purple -- will brighten up any garden. They taste good, as long as you harvest the leaves while they’re young; otherwise the cold temps can make them mushy. Once harvested, you can have a mache, lettuce and beet salad (great with baked bread and cheese) while watching the snow fall.

$2.75: Endive, one packet of 100 seeds -- seedsavers.org
$3.45: Claytonia, one packet of 500 seeds -- johnnyseeds.com
$1.50: Escarole, endive, mesclun mix; one packet of 200 seeds -- superseeds.com
$3.95: Kale, one packet of 100 seeds -- johnnyseeds.com
$2.75: Arugula, one packet of 500 seeds -- seedsavers.org

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