Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Bitter Truth

Gardening Truth:  temperatures in the eighties will make lettuce turn bitter even if it has not yet bolted.

This row of lettuce, beautiful as it is, is already too bitter to eat.  I transplanted it on the fourth of July.  This bed is the first one to get late afternoon shade making it cooler than the rest of the garden.  The plants have not bolted (begun to put out flowers).  I've kept them well watered, and still....  This is a note to self for future years.  No matter how hard you try, you will not have lettuce in July.

Now this lettuce is for sure bolted.  I pulled out the peas two nights ago and I haven't gotten a chance yet to clean the bed and plant a cover crop.  In the mean time, the lettuce is running wild.

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