Comment: Questions and a few suggestions

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Questions and a few suggestions

Are you saying the grocery store lettuce, typically sold cut off from the roots, will regrow roots? You are explicit about the celery growing new roots but I'm doubting the lettuce. I have seen butterhead lettuce sold in my grocery in special containers with roots intact, and I've worked with that, but I am having a harder time imagining cut lettuce heads sprouting roots. I can try, but I'd prefer to get clarity from you before I try too hard!

Now here are some suggestions from my own experience. Let me start by saying I'm in a zone "9" which means winter temperatures bounce around freezing, sometimes going below, but don't generally go below 24 degrees F on the coldest days.

With that scenario, I've been able to use agribon fabric on raised/ framed beds and grow all manner of things -- lots of lettuce, broccoli, chard, radishes, carrots, beets, peas (lots and lots of peas), onions, and many many more all the way through winter. The agribon raises temperatures inside the beds probably 8 degrees and keeps off the worst of the hard freezes. Some of these plants actually make it okay without agribon, but they still benefit from the slightly raised temperatures. To support the agribon I settled on making my raised beds 3' x 4' which allows me to neatly buy a stock metal concrete mesh from home depot at minimal price and, with almost no work, bend it over the raised bed frame to form a sort of low tunnel to which I can easily secure the stock agribon against even high wind storms. This gives extra growing room, too, for things like peas which want to grow and spread. I have a variety of tomato which seems hardened somewhat to the climate and, especially when I find a microclimate area to add further winter protection, it typically gives tomatoes until, at least, January. Then I find beets and pomegranate seeds (which I harvested in November/ early Dec) pretty well provide that sweet/ tart sparkle to the salad very well.

When I look around my community and see little but dead/dormant vegetation in the winter. Then I come home and my whole yard is growing in riotous color like madness in the spring. And the food! Oh. My. God. Nearly all my veggies come from my own garden, all winter, with exceptional taste and the knowledge that they are wholesome. Then I drive around the community again, looking at all the drabness and defeat, and I just have to shake my head. Ignorance isn't bliss. With food, as with governance, it just isn't remotely true that we can't do vastly better.

Bill of Rights /Amendment X: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Do you need a politician or judge to "interpret" those 28