Usually I sow a row of lettuce seeds every 2 weeks between mid-May and late-June to assure a constant lettuce supply all summer into autumn. In episode 32 I detail how I do it. Also, below the photos are some tips on growing lettuce in the brutal summer heat. First please indulge my need to kvetch, wannabee poet style.
Too darn hot to plant seeds but, heat breaks, crocs on and shovel sharpened. Bloodsucking skeeters drive me out but, still some seeds safely in the ground.
wash most seeds away but, some live and put down tender silky roots. Tender plants strengthen, giving hope but manatee's and a strange woman attack.
A few more wither & die in the brutal sun but, one precious plant survives. It grows strong and ready to harvest but, bolts into a bitter leafy harvest.
1. Grow leaf lettuce varieties that can handle the mid-summer heat such as jericho, anuenue, black-seeded simpson, new fire red, radichetta, victoria and batavian nevada. Green varieties generally tend to be better. Look for 'slow-bolt' indications on the seed packets.
2. Plant the lettuce in shady parts of your garden to avoid midday sun
3. Plant lettuce in containers on a shaded porch or patio
4. Harvest lettuce leaves often and while they are young so they don't get bitter
5. Water in the morning and evening. On the brutal 90+ days give 'em a little mist frm a spray bottle.
Growing lettuce in the full heat of summer is a challenge here in the northeast United States.
For me a great remedy to my summer lettuce blues is a look back at spring. So join me for a look back to May when things looked a lot more appealing than the picture to the right. Now the reality is that there are some secrets to success to growing lettuce in the heat of summer. I'll share these tips with you in episode 124 later this week. For now enjoy the photos below. Ciao4Now!