To assure that you can have lettuce to eat everyday in some of the off-season months you have to plant far more than you think you’ll need.
Continuous planting in the fall — with a little protection through the winter — will give you a bounty of salads long before your spring plantings have germinated.
And when it gets hot — and you think it’s time to pull up your stalked lettuce — don’t. You’ll be amazed at how much delicious lettuce you can get from stalked lettuce in the heat of summer — if you know what to look for.
So be slow to pull up your lettuce and try to have some in every shady spot in your garden.
Since I can’t have you with me in the garden to show you when the stalked lettuce is all-of-a-sudden eatable again — I’m going to try to describe it to you in a post this summer.
I hope I find the right words — because you’ll be amazed at how the weather can change bitter to sweet. So in anticipation of that post, start paying attention to how lettuce looks — you’ll need to be an expert on that to get lettuce in July and August.
To recap make plans to:
- Plant far more than you think you’ll need.
- Plant continuously in the fall. (And in the spring!)
- Have some lettuce in every shady spot in the garden and DON’T pull it up when it stalks!
With this 3 point plan, you’ll have lettuce fresh from the garden in off-season months.
Organic Gardening is easy, effective, efficient —- and it’s a lot healthier.
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