Category: Lettuce

Allstar Gourmet Lettuce Mix gets 5 stars

Last spring, I determined that I didn’t like lettuce mixes and that I would plant only head lettuce varieties, which I did. This spring, in a fit of perversity, I bought a pack of Allstar gourmet lettuce mix from Johnny’s Selected Seeds and started…

November dark days

November dark days. Today, November 23, sunrise was a little before 7 a.m., with the sky getting light around 6:30. Sunset will be around 4:30, with darkness encroaching any time after 4 p.m. So, 9 hours of daylight, and 15 hours of darkness. It…

October cleanup

October cleanup. We had 1 1/2″ of rain the first of October, following 1 1/2″ the last of September. Yesterday, October 27, another 1 1/2″ fell, making 3″ of rain for October. We still have an 8″ rain deficit for the year, according to…

Fall vegetable garden–not so much

Fall vegetable garden–not so much. In August, I had cautiously optimistic hopes for a fall vegetable garden. I planted spinach, lettuce, arugula, carrots, beets, chard, kale, and radishes, hoping for the best despite the August heat. I planted seeds from 2 seed companies–Johnny’s Selected…

Fall garden

Fall garden. In The Winter Harvest Handbook, Eliot Coleman sings his praises of winter gardens, in Maine even. I am inching my way toward a fall garden in central New Jersey. Baby steps. Above is a photo from August 22 of the vegetable garden in…

Vegetable garden in July

Vegetable garden in July. The vegetables are growing by leaps and bounds. Some harvesting is going on. Spring lettuce is tasty. Bunching onions have been harvested and are keeping well in the fridge ready for both salads and sautéing. The first carrots have been…

Lettuce in July

Lettuce in July. It’s time to celebrate spring lettuce. I think back to March, bitter cold, snow-covered, never-ending March, and how I dreamed about a delicious summer garden salad. Now, we are having garden salad every day. Lettuce, radishes, onions, sugar snap peas, and…

Lettuce in June

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa). I know one thing for sure. Don’t plant old pelleted seed. I’m thinking don’t plant old seed, pelleted or unpelleted. Penny wise and pound foolish, as the saying goes. Bambi, a bibb lettuce, and Nancy, a butterhead lettuce, were planted with…

April blooms

April blooms. Here it is the last week of April. What a difference a month makes. As I wrote in the post March changes, I was in despair at the end of March thinking that the freezing temps and snow would never go away. Although…

Lettuce

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa). Again, no photos. Soon. In the post Spinach, I mentioned that the planting chart for spinach in Johnny’s catalog made me tired just looking at it. Johnny’s Selected Seeds planting program for lettuce has my head spinning. Again, the program is more…