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What Would Tawna Do? Adventures in Gardening #5

So what if we got a blizzard yesterday? Tawna Skinner says the season is prime for lettuce growing.

I would have a hard time buying into that, but seeing is believing.

"I love to grow lettuces."

“I love to grow lettuces.”

 

Tawna has been known to supply lettuce to many of our area river outfitters, so she is especially fond of those varieties that keep down a Middle Fork or Main Salmon trip. One of her favorites? Red Sails. “It’s an amazing leaf lettuce. You can grow it in about any climate, it overwinters here, I love it,” she tells me with an enthusiasm not usually applied to lettuces. “Another absolute standout is Nevada.”

Red Sails gets two thumbs up from my green thumbed friend.

Red Sails gets two thumbs up from my green thumbed friend.

Tawna has planted not only lettuces, but carrots. She’s slightly bemoaning the fact that the carrots she harvested a few weeks ago are now gone and she’s dependent on the grocery store for her carrot supply for a few months. Welcome to my world, I tell her, finally finding some common ground with the garden expert. She politely ignores my smart aleckyness and says she’ll eat less carrots and more spinach.

 

Spinach, when properly tucked in over the winter, can look like this in Lemhi County in April. No kidding.

Spinach, when properly tucked in over the winter, can look like this in Lemhi County in April. No kidding.

Well, she got me there. I spot a pile of frisky little purple and yellow flowers that have been uprooted. “Johnny jump ups,” she tells me. “They are a real weed in my garden.”

A johnny jump up finds refuge in the spinach patch.

A johnny jump up finds refuge in the spinach patch.

How do you have the heart to pluck them? I ask, knowing the flowers would be safe in my garden even if they were crowding my non-existent overwintered spinach.

You occasionally have to be ruthless, Tawna replies.

 

 

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