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Still keeping your lettuce going??

Post  llama momma on 7/4/2013, 3:43 pm

I should have put all my lettuce in pots on the north side of the house as it is still coming on strong and sweet but two plants isn't enough, it's just teasing me. Razz  My dear husband doesn't even know I have it out there!! .....What a Face... one bad llama momma.....

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Post  GWN on 7/4/2013, 6:35 pm

HI LM
I planted lettuce, mesclun in April and it has been growing nicely and giving us a salad a week (we are not huge into lettuce salads)... and just this week it is bolting.
I was amazed how long it kept going, it was a bolt resistant blend. Very Happy 

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Post  plantoid on 7/4/2013, 9:37 pm

GWN,
 Cut the stem & associated growth out that's bolting  and keep giving it hair cuts + water , it will last even longer .  That's how I ended up with the delicious 19 inch diameter salad bowl lettuce last year

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Post  LittleGardener on 7/4/2013, 9:42 pm

@plantoid wrote:GWN,
Cut the stem & associated growth out that's bolting  and keep giving it hair cuts + water , it will last even longer .  That's how I ended up with the delicious 19 inch diameter salad bowl lettuce last year
Thanks, good to know. As (in a plastic bowl that looks like a huge bread-bowl), I'm just starting to plant lettuce now Wink 

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Post  llama momma on 7/5/2013, 2:43 pm

GWN - wow, you really had a great run of  lettuce.

 Plantoid  Thank You,

I'm going to try that because it would be nice to have reliable amounts of both lettuce and tomatoes producing at the same time.  Now I'll cut and water more in addition to keeping lettuce only on the north side of the house.  Hopeful it is the best chance for my situation.  At this time all the other beds on the west side of my property receive over 12 hours of sun.  Trying to shade lettuce with other plants hasn't worked out either.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/5/2013, 3:13 pm

I'm a huge lettuce eater and have tried growing it during the summer but failed for the most part - small to med then bolt.  So I used kale, collards, radish/carrot tops & beet greens for salads during the summer.  At this time I'm still harvesting Grand Rapids lettuce that was planted in half shade.  Lots left, it tries to bolt but I cut that part out, like Plantoid said.

But some good news is I recently received some lettuce babies and was told to plant them in full sun as that's how they grow in FL.  It's called Bijou.  I have alot of them and if it works I'll be sure to save some seeds to give-a-way and trade.

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Re: Still keeping your lettuce going??

Post  landarch on 7/5/2013, 9:36 pm

I picked the last of my lettuce a couple weeks ago...and it's still crisp in the fridge...maybe the first BLT of the year now that a couple Juliet tomatoes are ripe and ready.  Next shot at fresh BLT's is later in the year with fresh lettuce in the fall garden and the last of the tomatoes are ripe on the vine.

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Post  herblover on 7/6/2013, 12:07 pm

Given that we are having daily rain, little sun, and temps mostly in the 70s still, most of my lettuce is doing really well.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 7/6/2013, 1:04 pm

We are huge salad eaters so keeping lettuce going is really important to me. My experiment this summer has been working really well. We have had constant temps over 100 degrees and the last week was horrendous at 106 average temps. My lettuce is not bitter nor has it bolted. Here's what I did for anyone interested it trying:

1. I planted about 8 squares in December and was able to keep them producing up until last month by picking them as micro greens. Every couple of days i pick everything down to just 2-3 leaves.
2. The second they started to bolt I cut them down and got a little bit longer out of them.
3. I planted 6, 2 ft window box sized planters under the heavy shade of an ornamental Plum tree. It gets filter sun in the morning and afternoon sun very late in the day. I planted them thickly and they're a little leggy but they are producing.
4. My second area is in two, large 18" diameter pots behind my beans and cucumbers on the north side of them. This gets some strong sun for portions of the day and has been reseeded any time any of the lettuce bolts. It has probably produced the best of all the beds during this summer.

Hope this encourages anyone that would like to grow through the summer to give it a try!
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Post  Dunkinjean on 7/6/2013, 2:36 pm

My lettuce has been doing well since I planted in early spring (I planted a lot of seeds!).
It's been in the 90's all week and will also be for this week.  I have been watering the last of the lettuce every day and will have to add to twice a day. I need to pull them all up or cut down since we will be going out of state for a couple of weeks.
I will miss my homegrown lettuce....nothing like it until I return to replant seeds.Very Happy

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Re: Still keeping your lettuce going??

Post  Pollinator on 7/6/2013, 9:08 pm

I've got some nice lettuce ready to harvest right now. I planted them about three weeks ago in a mostly shady spot as an experiment. I don't expect them to last long, but it's nice to have a bit, even during hot weather.

Had no germination problems, as we've had tons of rain.

So I guess it can be done; frequent planting will carry through the hot season, if you chose a shady spot.

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