Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» What are you eating from your garden today?
by brianj555 Today at 8:47 pm

» A great offer for a local SFG,er
by jimmy cee Today at 8:40 pm

» Garlic Growing Lovers
by Turan Today at 5:14 pm

» Lower south Oct 2017
by brianj555 Today at 5:02 pm

» Sowing Experiment! Anyone Tried This?
by brianj555 Today at 4:50 pm

» Thumbs Up????
by brianj555 Today at 4:47 pm

» BOOK GIVEAWAY - ENDS 10/20/17
by CapeCoddess Today at 3:48 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by countrynaturals Today at 3:37 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by countrynaturals Today at 3:34 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by countrynaturals Today at 3:31 pm

» Gardening & Homesteading Skills Summit REGISTER NOW!
by countrynaturals Today at 3:28 pm

» Carrot Week 2017!
by Turan Today at 12:01 pm

» Hello from West Coast Of Scotland
by walshevak Today at 11:44 am

» Hello from Gilbert, AZ
by No_Such_Reality Today at 9:57 am

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by sanderson Today at 12:17 am

» Today's Harvest
by brianj555 Yesterday at 8:21 pm

» new greenhouse got drafted
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:08 pm

» Monarch Supporter
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:55 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 1:50 pm

» New England October 2017
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 1:09 pm

» October Avatar: Don't Fence Me In
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 11:45 am

» Does MM improve with age?
by countrynaturals 10/15/2017, 3:51 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver 10/15/2017, 3:28 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals 10/15/2017, 11:34 am

» Leaf-Footed squash bugs
by sanderson 10/14/2017, 11:21 pm

» N & C Midwest: October 2017!
by Scorpio Rising 10/14/2017, 9:12 pm

» Tomato Questions
by Scorpio Rising 10/14/2017, 9:06 pm

» large plant ID stakes
by has55 10/14/2017, 4:02 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson 10/14/2017, 3:12 am

» First time growing corn
by sanderson 10/14/2017, 3:07 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

UpSo: December Lettuce

View previous topic View next topic Go down

UpSo: December Lettuce

Post  pattipan on 12/5/2010, 5:35 pm

Hello there Upper Southerners! Brrrr...it's cold outside here in the mountains of WV. We have snow on the ground and a little more coming tonight. The forecast is in the teens for the next few nights, so it is seems crazy to even think about gardening -- but I am! I still have lettuces and the oriental greens. I just picked this bowl of lettuces this past Friday. These are mini red and green Romaine lettuces and one leaf lettuce called Red Salad Bowl.



I have not checked my broccolini plants for the last two days, but I think it is just too cold for the plants to even think about forming any significant buds. Four (out of eight) plants had little teeny heads just beginning to form. Last night I was sure I heard them saying to me, "That SFG lady is crazy if she thinks we're going to make buds when it's this cold!" Very Happy

I am not complaining though, because I am still eating home-grown lettuce in December! Even the neighbors are amazed! I've brought my pots of favorite herbs indoors, so if the lettuces succumb to the cold temps, I'll still have my herbs...and all the tomatoes I canned from this summer...Bonbon (mini buttercup type) and spaghetti squash.

I fixed one of my Bonbon squashes for Thanksgiving this year. It yielded about 4 cups+ of bright orange flesh. Oh my goodness, that is one of the best tasting squashes ever! Better than Butternut, if you can imagine that. This week I'm going make use of one of the spaghetti squashes.

So are you thinking about SFG'ing when it's cold outside? Tell me all about it!

pattipan

avatar
pattipan

Female Posts : 808
Join date : 2010-03-04
Location : WV -- Zone 6a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/gallery/personal160.htm

Back to top Go down

Re: UpSo: December Lettuce

Post  pattipan on 12/9/2010, 12:26 pm

Hallelujah! 12 degrees last night and my lettuces and greens still liveth under my makeshift hoop houses. Even the broccolini is still alive, although the teeny buds are still teeny.

The only problem now is I hate to go out in the cold and pick it! Somehow, I'll suffer through it! hungry

pattipan
avatar
pattipan

Female Posts : 808
Join date : 2010-03-04
Location : WV -- Zone 6a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/gallery/personal160.htm

Back to top Go down

Re: UpSo: December Lettuce

Post  happyfrog on 12/9/2010, 12:36 pm

man, you're just making me kick myself - i wish i had taken the time this fall to get stuff going - but time got away. . .

you and i are similar zones, too so i should be able to. ah well. next year.

you keep on sharing pics and i'll keep drooling and having little bouts of envy over your escarole and other yummies. . .

admit it. do you ever chuckle to yourself as you walk by the produce dept when you see the wilty, way overpriced lettuces? Smile

happyfrog

Female Posts : 625
Join date : 2010-03-04
Location : USA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: UpSo: December Lettuce

Post  Furbalsmom on 12/9/2010, 8:02 pm

pattipan wrote:Hallelujah! 12 degrees last night and my lettuces and greens still liveth under my makeshift hoop houses. Even the broccolini is still alive, although the teeny buds are still teeny.

The only problem now is I hate to go out in the cold and pick it! Somehow, I'll suffer through it! hungry

pattipan

Yeah for sturdy plants. I am so glad your hoop houses provided the protection you needed.
I still have three kinds of lettuce and a few broccoli and cauliflower plants, but the brassicas are so slow and small.
avatar
Furbalsmom

Female Posts : 3141
Join date : 2010-06-10
Age : 70
Location : Coastal Oregon, Zone 9a, Heat Zone 2 :(

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: UpSo: December Lettuce

Post  staf74 on 12/9/2010, 8:39 pm

admit it. do you ever chuckle to yourself as you walk by the produce dept when you see the wilty, way overpriced lettuces?

Hehe...guilty !!



This box is still going strong too. Hooray for covers !
avatar
staf74

Male Posts : 554
Join date : 2010-11-24
Age : 43
Location : York, SC

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: UpSo: December Lettuce

Post  LaFee on 12/10/2010, 12:44 am

Staf, those are gorgeous! I wish my *summer* lettuces looked that good!

LaFee

Female Posts : 1023
Join date : 2010-03-03
Location : West Central Florida

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: UpSo: December Lettuce

Post  staf74 on 12/10/2010, 8:00 am

LaFee,

I have to admit that as you can see from the time stamp, this was a pic of my lettuce bed in October and not true "December Lettuce." BUT ....about a third of this box is still going like this though, just don't have a recent pic. The Romaines on the upper left shortly bolted and were replaced with seedlings I had started and the upper right Romaine squares now look like the ones on the upper left. The lighter green simpsons have bolted and gone (you can see them stretching up in that pic.) but those seedlings you can see in the lower left corner are more "black seeded simpsons" and are now of good harvestable size. Still have some red sail too.
avatar
staf74

Male Posts : 554
Join date : 2010-11-24
Age : 43
Location : York, SC

View user profile

Back to top Go down

December salads

Post  ander217 on 12/10/2010, 10:09 pm

We had our second salad this week picked fresh from the garden. We only had one tiny leaf of lettuce that survived under a fennel plant, but as I posted previously on another thread we had plenty of arugula and Red Russian kale, along with a few celeriac leaves, mustard leaves, and fennel fronds. I picked everything I could find because with temps forecast into the low teens along with 35 mph winds, I doubt my unprotected beds and boxes will survive much longer. I had one tiny broccoli left and a few turnips, and they came to the house also. I left the collards. We still have fresh tomatoes ripening in the garage, too. Next year I hope to start a lettuce bed in late fall and give it some protection.

What varieties do you recommend, Staf, for fall planting?
avatar
ander217

Female Posts : 1450
Join date : 2010-03-16
Age : 62
Location : Southeastern Missouri (6b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: UpSo: December Lettuce

Post  staf74 on 12/11/2010, 7:36 pm

Hey Ander,

I followed Mel's advice for my first SFG and went mainly for transplants from my local Farmer's Exchange and not sure exactly if they had a specific variety name. They grow some heirlooms from seed and some others supplied by Bonnie. The "Red Sails" was awesome. Very slow to bolt, very heat resistant and prolific. My favorite by far. The Regular Paris Island Cos Romaine was awesome too (all transplants about 6 inches high when purchased and I went back every two weeks to stagger the crop). I also had good success with Black Seeded Simpson and Limestone Bibb both from seed (Botanical Interests). They also had a Red Mesclun mix called Valentine that had some beautiful green / red leaf types. I started them from seed a tad too late though and they took well but the cold temps slowed them down. I will try them again both next spring and fall.

Here is for sure my last pics of the true "December" lettuce bed Sad I have taken off the covers and Mondays temps will kill the SFG for the season.



Closer look at the last remaining Romaine Squares....



Tomorrow is my last harvest and all of this will be in special vegetable containers that prolongs crispness / freshness. I'm welling up just thinking about it..... Sad Sad Sad


avatar
staf74

Male Posts : 554
Join date : 2010-11-24
Age : 43
Location : York, SC

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Job well done

Post  ander217 on 12/11/2010, 8:20 pm

You fought the good fight.
avatar
ander217

Female Posts : 1450
Join date : 2010-03-16
Age : 62
Location : Southeastern Missouri (6b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: UpSo: December Lettuce

Post  happyfrog on 12/11/2010, 8:23 pm

wow - those are GORGEOUS!!!

and yeah, i'd be a bit misty eyed as well....

farewell beautiful salad greens. . . you will be missed.

happyfrog

Female Posts : 625
Join date : 2010-03-04
Location : USA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: UpSo: December Lettuce

Post  staf74 on 12/11/2010, 8:27 pm

Thanks guys... I went down swinging !!

(to steal a phrase that made me chuckle from Megan)
avatar
staf74

Male Posts : 554
Join date : 2010-11-24
Age : 43
Location : York, SC

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: UpSo: December Lettuce

Post  happyfrog on 12/11/2010, 8:33 pm

you know, reading your posts and looking at that luscious lettuce greens, i'm actually salivating at the thought of a salad right now - and that's not typical for me at bedtime. lol more likely i'd want a bowl of ice cream. .

but seriously, i'm about to go get a bowl of salad (i have romaine and escarole in fridge) and bring it to bed.

all because of your salad box. lol

and i'm DEFINITELY gonna have a cold frame going next year - no excuses from me are allowed. i hate having to pay premium prices for my romaine . . .

happyfrog

Female Posts : 625
Join date : 2010-03-04
Location : USA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: UpSo: December Lettuce

Post  staf74 on 12/11/2010, 8:45 pm

Aww...shucks.....

"all because of your salad box"

Embarassed he blushes Embarassed

Want to give Kudos to PattiPan also. That bowl looked scrumptious !
avatar
staf74

Male Posts : 554
Join date : 2010-11-24
Age : 43
Location : York, SC

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: UpSo: December Lettuce

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum