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Plant your different lettuce in hanging baskets. It's easy to care for, easy to harvest, and easy to move in or out of sun. You can raise all your salad greens hanging on the patio.
By Dome nome from Mansfield, AR
Plant 4 or 5 different lettuce's in your lettuce bed then you can have a variety of greens to eat. When cutting you lettuce off, just break off the leaves and leave the roots growing. It will produce more lettuce for you to eat. If the lettuce has dead leaves on it, just snip them off and it will grow again. Keep your lettuce watered if the weather is dry.
Summer: Obviously the widest range of salad greens can be grown in summer, providing you protect them from summer heat and make sure they stay evenly watered. Some greens are mild, others are strong and bitter, so grow a mixture for a blend of flavors.
Winter: Greens sown in late summer should be ready to harvest in early winter. With a little protection, gardeners in milder climates can continue to sow and grow salads all winter long. Gardeners living in harsh climates can continue to grow salad greens indoors in shallow flats near a south-facing window.
Successional Sowing: A new batch of seed sown every 2-3 weeks will ensure a continuous crop of greens for harvesting. Plant greens in full sun early and late in the season when the weather is cool. Plant them in light to partial shade during the heat of the summer.
Interplanting and Catch Cropping: Greens grow quickly. Plant them in between rows or around slow-growing crops like such as cabbages, potatoes, and cucumbers. Your salad greens will mature and be ready for harvesting well before the larger crops fill in the space.
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By Therese H
Sure you can. Make sure the plant is completely dry before picking the seeds. We just leave ours in the garden over the winter, and in the spring, many little seedlings appear weeks before we till and plant. We have three varieties, and they all do it. I'm in Zone 4-5, if this helps. We sometimes transplant them into rows and have lettuce for weeks.
Once the lettuce flowers, you wait util the flowers start to die, then pull off the flower, you will find seeds. This is how we get seeds for next season. Plus we know that the type we are using works well for our area. Happy salads.
I all depends on where you live. Lettuce likes cool weather. You might be able to get another crop before the first frost and if not then wait until early spring.
Last summer I grew lettuces that produce very bitter tasting leaves. We are unable to eat them! I am guessing it is a result of soil preparation. I have replaced the soil and used two different beds; but alas again this summer I have the same problem.
By Marcia from Canberra, Australia