This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

three types of lettuce

three lettuce leaves
I am picking 3 types of lettuce now. Prizehead is the red curly leaf growing at my community plot (center). Four Seasons is a green curly leaf growing in my home garden (right). Escarole Blonde is a plain green leaf also in my home garden (left). I also have some nice arugula I add to the lettuce bowl.

I harvest my lettuce by pulling out the entire head. I choose heads that are crowding other heads. I break off the dirty roots and leave these in the compost. I prefer to harvest entire heads because they look nice and so I can eat the tender inner leaves too. This also allows the heads that are left to grow fuller. My mom always harvests lettuce by picking to outer leaves. This works too and allows the plant to keep growing.

Lactuca sativa

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is really useful info for a neophyte gardener - thanks!
~Jain

June 08, 2008 10:20 AM

 
Blogger VicinSea said...

I pick leaves and let lettuce continue to grow. Later in the summer it is tough to get lettuce started in the heat. Established plants do much better, and I never run out of salad greens this way.

July 19, 2008 12:26 PM

 

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