SaladScapes—Almost Too Beautiful
to Eat, but Tender and Tasty

Lettuce Leaves Catch the Slanting Fall Light
Lettuce Leaves Catch Slanting Light
© Steve Masley (Click IMAGE to Enlarge)

SaladScapes are mixtures of lettuces, spinach, Asian greens, or other salad greens, that are grown for the eye, as well as the palate.

In the spring and fall, when cool-season vegetables thrive, lettuce leaves catch and hold the slanting light, in planes of translucent color.

For digital photographers, SaladScapes offer a rich, concentrated exploration of light and form.


SaladScape1
SaladScape 1
© Steve Masley (Click IMAGE to Enlarge)

These quick-growing, cool-season vegetables are shallow-rooted, and can be grown in trays as shallow as 3 ½” (9cm), with a good potting mix.

SaladScapes are excellent for cut-and-come-again lettuce culture, where you harvest leaves, and get a second cutting a couple weeks later.

Sometimes, they’re almost too beautiful to eat! For how to grow them, click Here.


Tips for Creating SaladScapes

Use Contrasting Colors.  Mix dark green lettuces with light green lettuces. Mix blushed and red lettuces with light butterheads like ‘Santoro’, ‘Torenia’, or ‘Matchless’.

Use Pattern, but don’t be a slave to it. Once you set the theme, it’s the slight variations from the pattern that make it interesting.

Use different plants, with different foliar forms.   Mix frisee with Asian tatsoi, mizuna with spinach, butterhead lettuce with raddichio. As long as they’re leafy vegetables that mature in the same time frame, anything goes!


SaladScape of Skyphos and Santoro Lettuce SaladScape of ‘Santoro’ and ‘Continuity’ (a.k.a., ‘Mervielles de quatre Saison’ Lettuces 1 SaladScape of Drunken Woman Frizzy Headed and ‘Continuity’ (Mervielles de Quatre Saison) Lettuce
Growing Lettuce—‘Santoro’ Butterhead Lettuce Variety ‘Mervielles de quatre Saison’, a.k.a., ‘Continuity’ Growing Mixed Salad Greens in a Window Box 1
Growing Red and Green Oakleaf Lettuce in a Salad Table Red and Green Oakleaf Lettuce Growing in a SaladScape ‘Garden Babies’ Butterhead Lettuce in a SaladScape
Lettuce ‘Mervielles de quatre Saison’, a.k.a., ‘Continuity’ 3 Lettuce ‘Mervielles de quatre Saison’, a.k.a., ‘Continuity’ 4 Lettuce ‘Mervielles de quatre Saison’, a.k.a., ‘Continuity’ 5
SaladScape of ‘Santoro’ and ‘Mervielles de quatre Saison’ (a.k.a., ‘Continuity’) Lettuce 1  SaladScape of ‘Santoro’ and ‘Mervielles de quatre Saison’ (a.k.a., ‘Continuity’) Lettuce 4 SaladScape of ‘Santoro’ and ‘Mervielles de quatre Saison’ (a.k.a., ‘Continuity’) Lettuce 5
SaladScape of ‘Santoro’ and ‘Mervielles de quatre Saison’ (a.k.a., ‘Continuity’) Lettuce, Closeup 1 SaladScape of ‘Santoro’ and ‘Mervielles de quatre Saison’ (a.k.a., ‘Continuity’) Lettuce, Closeup 2 SaladScape of ‘Santoro’ and ‘Mervielles de quatre Saison’ (a.k.a., ‘Continuity’) Lettuce, Closeup 3
SaladScape of ‘Santoro’ and ‘Mervielles de quatre Saison’ (a.k.a., ‘Continuity’) Lettuce, Closeup 4  SaladScape of ‘Santoro’ and ‘Mervielles de quatre Saison’ (a.k.a., ‘Continuity’) Lettuce, Closeup 5 SaladScape of ‘Santoro’ and ‘Mervielles de quatre Saison’ (a.k.a., ‘Continuity’) Lettuce, Closeup 6
‘Santoro’ Lettuce Growing in a SaladScape 1 ‘Santoro’ Lettuce Growing in a SaladScape 3 ‘Santoro’ Lettuce Growing in a SaladScape 4
‘Santoro’ Lettuce Growing in a SaladScape 5  ‘Skyphos’ and ‘Santoro’ Lettuce Growing in a SaladScape 2 ‘Skyphos’ and ‘Santoro’ Lettuce Growing in a SaladScape 3
‘Skyphos’ and ‘Santoro’ Lettuce Growing in a SaladScape 4 ‘Skyphos’ and ‘Santoro’ Lettuce Growing in a SaladScape, Closeup 1 ‘Skyphos’ and ‘Santoro’ Lettuce Growing in a SaladScape, Closeup 3
‘Garden Babies’ Butterhead Lettuce Growing in a SaladScape ‘Catalina’ Spinach Growing in a SaladScape ‘Matchless’ and ‘Mervielles de quatre Saison’ (a.k.a., ‘Continuity’) Lettuce Growing in a SaladScape 2
 Window Box Salads 3, Source  Window Box Salads Closeup 2  Window Box Salads Closeup 3

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