Lettuce Begin

“Lettuce Beging”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Living under tall pine trees as we do, there are not many sunny areas to grow the full sun plants. This is the main reason that I do not grow many vegetables. But, come autumn, that is the time to grow lettuce. I am able to grow this in containers on the back patio where there is ample sun even in winter.

I grow the leaf type not the heading type of lettuce. Even in the cooler temperatures of autumn and winter, the head type doesn’t seem to do well this far south, I guess, because even in winter, we can have some hot spells.

If I grow lettuce from seed, I plant Black Seeded Simpson and Green Ice, two variates that have done extremely well for me. It seems in hardly any time, I am harvesting lettuce leaves.

This year, for the first time, I bought lettuce plants. I thought I’d try something different. I have planted Red Sails and Red Leaf.



Another change I have made this year is the container that I have used for the lettuce. Usually I have two long rectangular planters, but this year, at the suggestion of dear hubby, I am using barbeque pit. The pit itself is in good shape, but would need new insides. We don’t really barbeque any more and after nagging DH to get rid of it, he said, “Why don’t you just plant something in it?” So, rather than send it to a landfill, I thought, “What a good idea!”



After taking out the grills, briquets, and tubing, it was perfect. At first, I thought I’d plant some herbs (now’s a little late for herbs, but next summer will be fine), but then after a little thought, lettuce seemed perfect. If I need to, I can roll the pit around to catch more sun. I think being high off the ground may help with bugs, too.

So, a lazy husband, who didn’t want to drag a barbeque pit to the curb, came up with a pretty good idea for a plant container for this year’s lettuce.


  1. Francis G said,

    October 25, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Your lettuce looks great. It is something I never thought to grow, but I just might have to look into doing this. Good idea to recycle pit as a lettuce container.

  2. October 25, 2011 at 11:44 am

    What a fab re-purpose idea! I may have to copy it. 🙂

  3. October 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I’ve never tried barbecued lettuce 😉 What a fun idea! I agree, the leaf lettuces are much more reliable if you’re prone to errant spells of warm weather. We grow leaf lettuces almost exclusively, as we’ve struggled with the head types too. Red Sails did quite well for us, but our most trouble free, and reliable lettuces seem to be red and green oak leaf varieties. They’re so slow to bolt, and providing the heat spell is brief, they often won’t even attempt to. The other advantage of leaf lettuces, for me at least, is I can cut-and-come-again, leaving the plant to produce more than if I harvested it all at once.

    • Jan said,

      October 26, 2011 at 4:52 am

      I’ll have to try the oak leaf type. I have to agree with you about the cut-and-come-again aspect of the leaf lettuces. We usually have our own leaf lettuce almost all winter.

  4. Garden Mary said,

    October 26, 2011 at 4:49 am

    I plant lettuce, too, in the fall. It amazes me how long it lasts in the cold weather.

  5. Linda said,

    November 25, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Jan, I hope all is well with you this Thanksgiving season.

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