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!
This weekend in your local farmer's market there were lots of garlic scapes available. Depending on where you live you may have just another week or 2 before they are all gone. So this weekend did you come home with any? Have you used them before in your cooking? Did you shy away from buying them cause ya just didn't know what to do with them? If you have cooked with them are you looking for some new ways to enjoy da scapes? The video below may be helpful if you have or haven't spent time enjoying these bizarre, beautiful, underutilized, tasty thangs.
Photo by Liz Rosenberg
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I'm a garden gear guy! For pleasure I sit with wholesale garden catalogues and put big circles with my sharpie around all the things I want to buy. The boss of me however has cut off my PayPal account. I'm also forbidden to enter any garden store with my credit card in hand. So I'm left having to rely on the tools I aleady have. Consequently I've focused in on the few tools that provide me with the most utility. This video gives you a snapshot.