The Damsel has been playing with more kitchen castoffs.
This was a stump from a head of romaine. The Damsel just stuck the stump in a dish of water and waited. This is about two weeks old.
To be clear, you’ll put the weird, flat, brownish side down, the cut (or ripped) side up, in the dish of water. All you need to do is occasionally refill the water.
The regrowing leaves are small but tasty.
The Damsel has heard that people take a regrowing stump and plant it (as in the celery stump on THIS page) but she recommends this hesitantly. The once that she tried this, the little growing leaves immediately withered and died. She felt sort of upset about the whole thing, until she remembered this was only a stump that she was going to throw away anyway.
She’s also heard rumors about all sorts of things growing in compost piles on an accidental basis. Apparently this tells us that some plants don’t need much fussing with at all–they just want to grow, grow, grow.
If any Old School students successfully plant a romaine lettuce stump, let the Damsel know for immediate extra credit.
Also, be aware that if you grow lettuce the traditional way in your garden–beginning with actual seeds or bedding plants–you can harvest from it repeatedly. Trim leaves as you need them for eating instead of pulling the plant. Depending on your growing season, you can expect to be able to take several cuttings from the same lettuce plant.
Bring on the tomatoes and bacon.