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Proof That Your Greengrocer May Be Ripping You Off

Disguised to protect the innocent, photographic evidence that you may be being overcharged by your grocer. $15 for a 3 oz package of leaf lettuce and it’s not even organic!

If you’re committed to eating healthier, but worried that you won’t be able to without breaking your budget, cheer up! Spring crops are great candidates for fall planting for a late season harvest. You might want to try:

  • Chives
  • Green Onions
  • Radishes
  • Leaf Lettuces
  • Mustard
  • Spinach

August is a typical time to plant for a late season harvest in zone 4-5, adjust it to your own zone and plant in late summer, just as it begins to cool down again. Even if you don’t have a garden - a cool pot, some soil, seed and you’ll be on your way. All of these plants are shallow rooted so don’t need a lot of space to grow. If you think it’s too late, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Still not convinced you’d be able to do the same thing? Look what’s happened without any help from me. My early season lettuce did well, and then finally bolted. I decided to let the seed mature so that I could collect some for next year. When I stepped outside the other day, I realized that some of the seed had dropped and had started sprouting in the same pot. Cool, it planted itself for me. Lettuce can take some cold, but to make sure that it’s protected until it’s large enough to use, I’ll go ahead and add the top of a 2 litre bottle as an inexpensive cloche to protect it well into fall.


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