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Summer Lettuce, Finally

June 5, 2014

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Gardening is about experimentation and finally I’ve been able to grow lettuce in the summer garden. It took three years of failed attempts and poor showings.

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This season I took my cue from commercial lettuce growers and planted lettuce than stands up to warm weather better. The ‘Nevada’ and 'Freckles’ lettuces have done well. I’ll plant Jericho mid-summer.

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Growing my lettuce from seed and then transplanting to the garden worked well. Alternatively you could buy six-packs from the nursery to plant as I did last summer.

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This is the lettuce 18 days ago just after transplanting–the same lettuce at the top of the post. It grew quickly and needed watering once or twice daily.

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Bird netting spared my lettuce from the munching of feathered friends. In past years, the mesclun lettuce never made it beyond small sprouts and transplants became avian dinners.

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This is a shortcut for growing summer lettuce. You can do this on a sunny porch or balcony. My six-pack of lettuce grew well last summer with netting to protect from the birds.

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This is a photo of  'Jericho’  lettuce bred in Israel by Genesis Seeds (their photo) to tolerate heat without bolting. It can be grown as a cut-and-come again romaine lettuce. I’ll plant seeds this weekend for transplant during July for harvest in the warmest days of summer.

Listen to Kathy Gunst, author of Notes from A Maine Kitchen on Here and Now about building flavor in summer salads. Recipes and her favorite salad combinations included. You’ll find the interview inspiring.

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