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.

Lettuce

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

 

I really do not grow vegetables because I do not have many areas of full sun.  I have grown tomatoes in containers on the patio, but the most successful vegetable gardening I have done is growing lettuce.  I sow the seeds in late winter and usually have lettuce until May.  Leaf lettuce does best this far south because we can have very warm springs which will cause the head type lettuce to bolt too soon.  I have been most successful with Black Seeded Simpson, though Green Ice has also done well.

 

 

I grow the lettuce in containers on the patio where there is the most sun.  I don’t have any space to put a vegetable garden, so this does fine since it is just hubby and me.  I usually plant two large rectangular planters and then sow seeds every two weeks to get a succession of greens.  I put in one row in the container up against one side, and then two weeks later, I sow another row on the other side.  Lettuce is so easy to grow – just sow the seeds, cover with a little soil, water, and wait for them to come up.  The Black Seeded Simpson matures fast, so in no time at all, you are making salads.

 

I like growing my own lettuce because I do not use pesticides, and it is fun to watch those first green shoot come up in January.  I wish I could grow it throughout the summer.  It is so nice to just walk out the back door and pick a salad.  It would be nice to have a real vegetable garden, but for now I’ll make do with my lettuce.