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Cutting lettuce in December

Simpsons Curled (left) and Red Sails lettucecut December 2 We’ve had many hard frosts during the last few weeks.  One morning the temperature was 27°F at dawn.  Many mornings our lawn is frosty white.  What am I harvesting from the…

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Lettuce in July?

Well, until the middle of July at least. I took this photo at the demo garden on Tuesday, documenting our spring-planted lettuce, which still looks like lettuce instead of like towers of bolted reddish-green with yellow flowers.  Does it still…

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Barbara’s Secret to Early Lettuce

Barbara & one of her lettuce beds Barbara Billek, who gardens at the Columbia Gardeners, Inc., Westside Garden Plots, has been harvesting Buttercrunch, Deer Tongue, and Parris Island Cos lettuce for several weeks now, while most of us gardeners in…

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A Plug for an ‘Efficient’ Lettuce

My inefficient lettuce Oh, no, another painful morning during which I’ve learned that the lettuce I’ve been growing is “inefficient.”  Seems there is lettuce and then there is “ultimate efficiency” lettuce.That’s the view of Barbara Damrosch, “A Cook’s Garden” columnist in…

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Too late to sow lettuce seed?

Disaster struck four times in a week and a half—torrential downpours that wiped out all but six of the lettuce plants that had sprouted from seeds I planted July 30. To compensate, I drove over to Sharp’s at Waterford Farm…

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What’s that new ground cover? Lettuce!

This month’s topic on Growing Great Gardens is edible landscaping – the conscious integration of edible plants into a home or community landscape. If you have your own examples of edible landscaping to share, please send them to grow.eat@gmail.com. I…

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I’ve planted "Self-Enclosing Trout"

When I finished planting some “cool weather” veggies—chard, beets, carrots, and lettuce—my tee-shirt was soaked. The simple reason was that the temperature last Wednesday was 89° F when I finished planting, and in the sun it felt like 99°. Cool-weather…

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