Christmas brought some sun for us, which, quite frankly, was all I really wanted. (N.b.: anyone who says she doesn’t want anything for the holidays will not be satisfied with nothing.) Sun here of course means salad.
Young arugula. The wider-leaved varieties are the ones that do well in the greenhouse. Avoid the yellow-flowered, skinny-leaved sylvetta forms, which don’t do as well (and also self-seed like mad).
I was able to have a harvest of lettuces! Lettuces and a few other things, like onion greens, sorrel, radicchio and carrots. The one rockstar in the greenhouses is arugula. It will always grow, and still be edible. The pimpled, bubbly surface of the tops of the arugula and (below) lettuce leaves is their defense to the cold. This has something to do with extending surface area and spreading out the cell walls, but in plain English to me it means “you can eat your lettuces in the winter.”
Baby Grand Rapids and Red Sails lettuces, ready for a bit of a trim