Monday, October 20, 2008

Day 101 / Day 37 - Salad, anyone?

Guess what I had for lunch yesterday?

I following the instructions in the manual and harvested about 1/3 of the leaves in the Aerogarden. I got the whopping harvest you see above. After I was done, the Aerogarden looked like this: 

As luck would have it, I have a three-set bottle of salad dressing which I bought at BJ's a long time ago and never opened. It was a no-brainer which one I'd choose first: the Catalina (which I think is a fancy way to say "French" in Kraft language). 
I didn't have things like croutons or bacon bits or onions or peppers in the fridge. And you know what my tomato situation is. But I did have a block of cheese, which I grated on top of the dressing.

I have to admit, it was a little surreal eating a lunch that had only minutes earlier been a houseplant. I pictured myself roaming around the house and nibbling on my gardenia plant and my African violets and my money tree plant, making mooing sounds. But no, this was most certainly lettuce, and fresh lettuce at that, with no critters, dirt, pesticides, or 3/4 of a head to throw away. I'm looking forward to many more meals with my Aerogarden lettuce. 


Sunny Ellis said...

We got an aerogarden in June and I love it. We have started with round 2 of our salads (Mesculun Mix). The first batch bolted pretty quickly because it was summer and we don't have Air Conditioner in the house. If lettuce gets above about 75* F it will start to grow "stalky" and then the leaves get bitter. On the other hand, we had Italian herbs in our 2nd aerogarden--Did VERY well. The basil and mint tried to take over the world. I've since transplanted them (using the ideas off your site). We had the salsa garden in the 3rd aerogrow. Tomatoes must really LOVE the hot weather. We got a great crop out of them and now are watching a second round grow. Only problem is that the branches have outgrown the light hood and I can't stand the thought of cutting off the flowers/fruit.

Penelope said...

Mooing sounds. *giggle giggle*