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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Tim brought it up, blame him.

My lettuce and radishes are ready to eat.

When I first planted a small garden here, 4 years ago, I bought a mix salad seed packet from Jung's. Everything came in wonderfully, then they bolted. I kept the seeds of the ones that I really liked, separated and organized them. My favorite by far is Simpson, it comes up early and can be replanted through-out the year. Just as soon as I pull up one head, I plant another. So far this is the only one the will come into maturity successfully in high summer. I also have 2 types of Romain and buttercrunch, all are delicious, but have to eat them young in the high summer, though I can allow them to go to full maturity in the fall. Autumn is the time when I allow them to bolt and save their seeds for next spring. Lettuce is by far one of the easiest crops to grow. If you haven't yet,you can still plant a heat tolerant type of leafy green to get you a wonderfully fresh salad for the summer. They even do well in a pot on the window sill.

What kind of lettuce are you eating?

12 comments:

Wendy said...

A local greenhouse grows hydroponic boston lettuce, and when they deliver it to the store, they deliver it leaves and roots. After we finished eating the leaves, I planted the roots. We're eating the leaves that grew from the root ;).

Crunchy Chicken said...

We're eating Butterking lettuce from our garden. And our neighbor gave me some red lettuce from their garden a couple days ago. So, between that and the spinach, we're in salad heaven.

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

Great. total woman thing to do, blame the man....

Phelan said...

Wendy, thats great! I never thought of that.

CC, mmmm....yum!

Tim, now now.

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

No really, I appreciate the advertising...

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

continuing on the sexest line, you know I don't even know what kind of lettuce we have in our garden, all I know is, that it is good and free.

Karen said...

Oh I need to get out there and plant more salad leaves. This is my first year of veg growing and as I told a friend I thought a month of work then swanning about grazing. Well you live and learn!

Phelan said...

Tim, it's ok, we all know who runs the house. ~giggle~

Karen, a month is about right, then it is spent on catch-up and extras. You can always munch will working. :)

Celeste said...

Romaine for me.

Linda said...

I grew a mesclun mix in my square foot garden. Red and green leaves, really really tasty and fresh. :)

Catherine said...

I grew mesclun mix, too: I picked my first salad today! YAY!

rhonda jean said...

we're eating First Fleet lettuce. I was given the seeds by a permaculture friend and told they are the descendent seeds brought by Captain Cook on his voyage to Australia. It's a great lettuce as it doesn't bolt to seed, even in our hot summer.

I'm growing some in our organic garden and some in the aquaponic garden.

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