“Sow it and he will come”

Well, don’t know if that really makes any sense, only trying to play on the phrase from one of our fave movies. Couldn’t resist taking a pic of Spanky looking so cute among the “field of greens.”


Leaf Lettuces

We urban homesteaders have a love affair with lettuces. Homegrown leaf lettuces are the serendipity of winter and spring here on the urban homestead. We grow all sorts of varieties; however, red ( and freckled) lettuces are our favorite. There’s simple beauty when massed in a garden bed not to mention their delicately delicious flavor in salads (and soups!)

Here on the urban homestead we plant leaf lettuces (and other salad greens) because of their “cut and come again” qualities. Such varieties allow us to get the most of our growing space.

Since 1995 DerVaes Garden’s has provided quality, locally grown edible flowers, herbs, mesclun salad mix and heirloom vegetables to local restaurants and caterers. Not only are is this small urban farm providing healthful, local food for our family it also provides a viable, decent income.

:: Helpful Resources ::

Mesclun Salad Mix – Growing & Marketing
Revolution in your salad bowl. (ready-mix greens)
Specialty Lettuce & Greens: Organic Production

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  1. P~ says:

    I get so jealous every time I look at your beautiful pictures of your garden. Here in Northern Utah I just started seeing my lawn for the first time since December last week. Spring fever ought to start kicking in at any time. Do you make up your own Mesclun mix or is it one that you’ve found that you like? I have never grown it myself, but look forward to it this year.


  2. Anais says:

    Greetings P~

    I know, I know we are spoiled rotten. ::bugeyed::

    Yes, we make up our own meslun salad mix which contains at the height of the season over 25 different types of greens!

    I did a post awhile back of what was in the salad mix you can read the entry here

    Man, I really love the new catergories. Makes finding all the answers to all your questions much easier. ::wink::


  3. Becky L. says:

    Quick question for the Homstead!

    For the greens that you sell, do you wash them with hydrogen peroxide? I’m hoping to sell some greens and other veggies for income this year. If you do, is there a special ratio that you use, hydrogen peroxide to water?

    Thanks for the great site!!!


  4. Anais says:

    Hello Becky

    If you want a more natural method of washing, GRAPESEED OIL extract is also good.

    Hydrogen peroxide is a natural alternative to bleach

    “To help kill bacteria such as E. Coli on fruits and vegetables, add a quarter cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a sink full of cold water. immerse, rinse with cold water and drain. By killing bacteria this will also help keep fruit and vegetables fresher for longer. You can also use a spraybottle containing a 50/50 mix of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water – just spray and rinse.”

    Another good online source is

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