Photograph by Jeremy Hudson
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