My own lettuce! Gardening again!

(Dressing Recipe Below)  I love to eat salad.  I guess it's just the way God made me.  At this point, I do believe that everyone should eat lots of fruits and veggies (after all these were the first foods we were given "in the garden").  Yet, perhaps everyone has other foods they can eat - depending on their makeup.  For instance, I seem to do well eating meats, but definitely not grains.  BUT, with all that said, fruits and vegetables are very beneficial and very well tolerated (eventually) by everyone.

So, on the February 24th I planted some lettuces that I hope to keep alive throughout spring.  I should have been growing cabbages and some other green items during the winter, but I didn't think it was possible.  I won't miss next season for sure.  Here is a picture of my garden.  I have 1 head of Romaine, 1 head of a variety mix lettuce, 6 heads of Bibb lettuce, 2 Bok Choy, 1 Arugula, two chives, 1 cilantro, 1 sage and 1 Aloe Vera (for topical medicinal purposes).

Oh and in the "melon/gourd" garden (no photo) I have planted 6 vines of small pickling cucumbers. And, in a small planter there are two strawberry plants with 5 strawberries currently.

I wish I had more time to plant more.  I think I'm going to start some things from seed.  This plants for these starter gardens cost me about $35.  I can imagine if I had double or triple the amount, I wouldn't need to buy greens at the store.  They would be an amazing accomplishment.  Even though I had these in my garden, I made the mistake of buying lettuce at the grocery store yesterday. But, today I actually ate some of the romaine lettuce which made up about 1/3 of the lettuces shown in the salad bowl above.

When I picked them, there were these little bugs all over one leaf especially.  Just a few years ago, this would have been a "show stopper" for me.  But I'm growing (hopefully along with my garden) and I'm even able to look at the worms and dig in the dirt as long as I have my gloves on.  Now that's progress.

Most of our soil is coming from our composting efforts.  Because I juice veggies daily, I have lots of scraps/pulp to dump into my compost pile and I feel that I don't have any waste this way.

I tried a new salad dressing recipe that I made up today.  It was a bit bitter when I tried it alone and I'm not sure what made it bitter, but it was great on the salad.  

Salad Dressing Recipe:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/8 cup apple cider vineger (Bragg's is my favorite)
juice of 1 lemon
1 garlic clove
1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
dash of peppet (or to taste)
1/2 pear
1/4 cucumber
1 inch knob of ginger
chives (to your liking)

I think that's it.  I put it all into the Vitamix and out came a creamy dressing.