Lettuces, gone to seed
Ostensibly, I understand how big things get in the garden. Through years of trial and error, I *get it* that a blooming lettuce plant can reach 3′ tall and wide, and, should I wish to save seeds from this plant, I will need to allow that much space for the plant to do its thing. Indeed, producing a plant for its seeds can be a lot more of a hassle than producing it for its food, mainly because of this land grab. It becomes tough, say, to make the decision between saving the seed from one’s surprisingly frost-hardy oakleaf lettuce or yielding that same space to that tiny pepper plant growing in its shade in the new greenhouse. Considering I didn’t expect that lettuce to survive our particularly freezing winter, that pepper must suffer! (Is this a Sophie’s Choice kind of decision? I am not sure. There’s still plenty of time for peppers.)
Seed-saving can become an obsession in itself, of course. Honestly, saving *all* the seeds from this one lettuce means I will be self-sufficient in oakleaf lettuce for 10 years and I still would never be able to use up all the seed! YAY. That makes me happy, frankly, in a hole-up-in-a-bunker kind of way, in a full-root-cellar kind of way. And I like being happy,even if it means my pepper plant temporarily lacks proper real estate.