My lettuce and Dr. Seuss

Lettuce in containers - Funny enough, the same seeds I got from one lettuce that seeded last Summer gave some green and some red "babies". The red lettuce grows at a slower pace than the green one.
@marguicha (94925)
Chile
May 23, 2011 10:01pm CST
Today, when I was watering my lettuce, I was amazed at how much they had grown in a few days. So I ran to take a picture to show you and I remembered the first verses of one of my favorite Dr´Seuss books (Scrambled eggs super). It began "I don´t like to brag and I don´t like to boast, said Peter T. Hooper..." And the whole book was Peter bragging and boasting. So As Peter T. Hooper, I don´t like to brag about my lettuce. But I´m sharing a picture of some of the lettuce I placed in containers.
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
24 May 11
I don't know if I ever saw that book, but it sounds interesting. It does look very green (your lettuce that is). How long will it take to be at the point you can eat it? How many of them do you have? Will it last the whole season or is it just enough for a few salads? I really do like fresh produce, but while I'm in chemo, I'm hesitant to eat too much of it if it can't be scrubbed well (means no strawberries I guess). If I ever move into a place of my own again (instead of a motel), I might try planting something. But maybe I will wait until after I am done with chemo so I don't have to worry about infections any more. Have a great day!!!
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@marguicha (94925)
• Chile
24 May 11
Dr. Seuss books helped me with a new way of learning English when I was a kid. I only read two of them as they were not available in my country. But they are awesome and you should get one of them at your local library. As for my lettuce, besides de ones I planted in raised beds (about 20) I started to transplant them to containers I had around. I transplant 4 (my everyday task) every day so that if they don´t get so big, I can still have lettuce every day. I think I´ll have lettuce year around, with this method.My lettuce, of course, are pesticide free. I water them with drinking water and then just wash them a bit over a pot so that I water the rest of the plants with it. I could gather some leaves now, but I´ll wait until they are bigger. Meanwhile I bough an iceberg lettuce and I´m eating it mixed with arugule from my garden.
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
25 May 11
I read plenty of Dr. Seuss books when I was growing up, but never heard of that one. Oh well...How long does it take for lettuce to get big enough and do you plant one to replace one that you use?
@marguicha (94925)
• Chile
25 May 11
I planted several seeds in a pot. Then, after the seedlings had about 4 leaves, I used a knife to uproot them, a few plants at a time. I planted each one at one container, and used good soil. I decided to plant 4 plants a day ( there are lots of seedlings) so that I would be able to have more than enough to eat every day, even if they never grew as big as the bought ones. I haven´t eaten anyone yet, but I sure will replace them. When lettuce ar planted each one in one pot, they grow at a bigger speed than the ones that have their roots tangled and have not much space. By the way, I took a lump of seedlings, but I only planted the best ones, the ones with more roots.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
24 May 11
Oh i envy you for having a green thumb! Those are nice looking lettuce. I love lettuce , because i always use them for salads and for sandwiches. They cost a lot here in the Philippines, because it's usually grown in a place where it is cold and that's only in Baguio, a mountainous province. How i wish i have your green thumb too.
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@marguicha (94925)
• Chile
24 May 11
We are at the end of Autumn here and my lettuce are growing beautifully. I also have arugule so I can make a nice salad by just picking them from my garden. Where I live we have a mild climate so I will grow some cold weather crops in Winter and just put a transparent plastic over them so they are not hurt by frost.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
25 May 11
Oh , how i envy you the more. Imagine having those veggies for a salad at anytime you feel like making one. Lucky you for having a garden filled with those veggies and plants. Keep up the green thumb and the enthusiasm to plant.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
30 May 11
Thanks for the Best response mark.
@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 May 11
I don't like to brag and I don't like to boast, but your lettuce would taste great with turkey and toast....
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@marguicha (94925)
• Chile
25 May 11
and nice meaty roast...
• United States
24 May 11
Hi marguicha Wow and I am sooo jealous! You deserve to boast, you a really great job there. I am so amazed to see that wonderful green lettuce and fast too. Looks like you will be having a tasty salad soon. MMMM - I was just showing my boyfriend you picture and he said she did a really great job.
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@marguicha (94925)
• Chile
24 May 11
I tranplant 4 each day o even if they don´t grow to be as big as bought ones, I´ll have a salad each day. And they will be fresher than the ones in the super.
@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
24 May 11
Very pretty lettuces, marguicha. You have every right to brag. I do wish I had the space to do some gardening. I don't even have an area compatible with container gardening. I use both red and green leafed lettuces. They make a right good-looking salad and/or sandwich.
@marguicha (94925)
• Chile
24 May 11
I planted the seeds from an overgrown red lettuce. The green ones were not intended. I suppose genetics had something to do with it. But thwe green lettuce are growing faster than their sisters.
@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
25 May 11
Hmmmmm....Monsanto conspiracy, maybe? I'm only half kidding, ya know.
@marguicha (94925)
• Chile
25 May 11
Please don´t mention Monsanto. It´s a 4 letter word for me . In my country, the senate (without consulting us) accepted to sell all chilean vegetable seeds DNA. No comments. No we will have to buy our seeds from them or go to jail, I suppose. SHAME!!!
@bretay61 (723)
• United States
24 May 11
It's nice to be able to your own food that you grow.I have planted some butter crunch lettuce and we have had quite a few salads from it.I pick from it as I need it.Now I am waiting on my tomatoes to be ready.Squash,onions,cucumbers,peppers,what am I talking about.I am ready for it all.
@marguicha (94925)
• Chile
24 May 11
i PLANTED TOMATOES AND SWEET PEPPER LAST sPRING AND ATE WONDERFUL TOMATOES ALL sUMMER. tHE LAST ONES, TINY, WERE MADE INTO SAUCES.
@marguicha (94925)
• Chile
24 May 11
Sorry for caps. Not mant. My finger in wrong key
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
24 May 11
I LOVE that book! We went to the store a few weeks ago to look for some Dr Seuss and that was one I really did want to find, but the bookstore didn't have it! I remember my dad reading that to me. So, even tho Green Eggs and Ham was my favorite, Scrambled Eggs Super was up there!
@marguicha (94925)
• Chile
24 May 11
I wonder is they are online to download now. I only read a couple because it was not available in my country. But it opened new ways of using language and I loved it. I know by heart parts of it although English is not my naTIVE LANGUAGE.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
24 May 11
McElligot's Pool and Yertle the Turtle were two more of the ones I loved. Of course, I'm in the States, but I'm glad you had a chance to learn of them!
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
24 May 11
Wow! You can brag and boast all day if you want. Those are nice looking lettuce. Mmm... I think I'ma have a salad for lunch!
@marguicha (94925)
• Chile
24 May 11
I think that if I keep on transplanting 4 lettuce every day (5 minutes of work), I´ll have lettuce to eat every day
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
24 May 11
Wow! That is so cool! And healthy, too! Can I have some? I like the red ones. They're a bit bitter, but they're pretty.
@jak2010 (1550)
• Papua New Guinea
24 May 11
Well, it is human nature we brag sometimes.
@marguicha (94925)
• Chile
24 May 11
The thing is I´m SO happy with my lettuce, and So proud, jak. I didn´t even know whether they would live as I transplanted them when they were too small. So I also wanted to share this and discovered on the way that I was bragging
@jak2010 (1550)
• Papua New Guinea
25 May 11
Ok, because you said you were bragging and I think we all do at soemtime in our lives so dont worry about what people think or say.
@norwexer (149)
• Canada
24 May 11
I love your photo. It makes me so jealous because my garden is taking so long LOL I am still very new to gardening as I haven't had one since I was a child but this year I am trying to get as much in as possible. Enjoy your lettuce.
@marguicha (94925)
• Chile
25 May 11
Letuce in containers - My lettuce are doing nicely, considering that it´s Autumn
Hi sweetie, If you came to garden here, you´d get better results I stole those marigold seeds from Claudia´s plants and planted them also. I did not expect them to do this well either.
@cream97 (29168)
• United States
24 May 11
Hi, marguicha. You have done an excellent job of growing the lettuce that is into your garden. They are so fresh. You have a right to boast, because you have grown some fresh vegetables that I am sure that you will enjoy to eat.
@marguicha (94925)
• Chile
25 May 11
I´m sure I´ll be able to eat the first lettuce in 2 to 3 weks more
@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
24 May 11
all the plants are so big and high this year just because of all the rain we have been getting. i hope that i will get lots of tomatoes!
@marguicha (94925)
• Chile
25 May 11
It seems that it rains in some places and it doesn´t rain at all in others. We have an extremelly dry year.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
24 May 11
That is impressive lettuce and I would brag too if I had grown it! I have no green in either thumb I’m afraid and that is fine because I just don’t enjoy any kind of gardening or vegetable growing but I do admire those who do and I do enjoy sitting in a beautiful garden or a lovely green salad! Well done marguicha, I am impressed!
@marguicha (94925)
• Chile
24 May 11
Thanks, Paula. This is the first time I plant this kind of lettuce and I´m very proud of how it has grown.
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@allknowing (65224)
• India
24 May 11
I am fully with you on this. Only a gardener knows when that happens. Keep growing lettuce and more and h... with Dr Seuss. I do that too because I have so much in my garden to boast about!
@marguicha (94925)
• Chile
24 May 11
I just remembered how the verse went at the book. It was a wonderful children´s book. I do love my gardening and I´m very proud of it
• Philippines
24 May 11
Hi marguicha! Your lettuce is really good to look at. It is not really to boast, but there are times that we want to share to all people the joy that we felt when we see the fruit of our hardwork..
@marguicha (94925)
• Chile
24 May 11
The lettuce before transplanting - That´s how the lettuce were a week or so ago.
I feel as if they were my "babies". It´s So rewarding to plant a seed, watch it come out, transplant it and they watch it grow.