I weeded my garden today, plucking out all the lettuce and cilantro that had seeded itself in amongst my intentionally planted spinach.
Fresh baby greens for the salads tonight!
There are two key elements for weeding fresh baby greens out of your garden in the middle of Nebraska in the middle of November:
1. A hoop house. I've had mine up for several years. You can read about it here and here.
2. A bit of laziness. That means you don't harvest all of your lettuce in the spring, because you just didn't get around to it. So some of it heads out, dropping the seeds of fresh November baby greens in the bed next door.
It also helps if you plant non-hybrid lettuce in the first place, so your fall seedlings grow up to be just like their mama and daddy.
Setting up a hoop house, weeding in November, and eating fresh spinach in March are good ways for a Texas girl to fight back against the rage that Nebraska calls winter.