Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunday in the Vegetable Patch

Lettuce, lettuce, we've got some lettuce! They say every cloud has a silver lining. This Spring's cold, wet weather ( 2nd wettest & 5th coldest Spring in the last 117 years that they have kept records !) lead to a very happy lettuce crop. I planted two varieties that I had never tried before and they have both done really well. Now it is time to harvest before the weather warms up. I need the space for my last two hills of squash. I see a lot of salad in my future!

The "Australe" lettuce was a bit shorter and grew a bit more free-form. The rich, green leaves have such pretty copper-red splotches all over them.

The "Winter Density" is taller and forms more of a tight head. I ordered both varieties from Johnny's Select Seeds and would recommend them to anyone wanting to harvest a large crop in a small space.

I didn't get a lot done in the garden today, but I did pull out the last of the radish. They were bolting so I threw them out in the yard. Maybe the deer will find them edible. Then I built a new raised bed in that space and planted the "Delicata " Squash. They look so little now but I know as soon as it heats up they will be taking over the world.


Robin said...

Your lettuce is beautiful! I hope that you get some warmer weather soon :)

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

I've had good luck growing Winter Density lettuce as well, but have never tried Australe, so will keep a lookout for it. I've also had good results with Johnny's seeds--they germinate and grow reliably well, at least as well as Territorial, which has been good for me. I just put a couple of pumpkin starts and squash seed in the ground a few days ago in fertile hills, and then covered the whole thing in plastic to warm it up a bit--we'll see how it does! I miss the sun, but am dealing with the weather we have and trying to grow stuff that will cope with colder temps.

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

My lettuce lasted a bit longer due to the cool spring too. Just harvested the last of it though and planted green beans. There's nothing like homegrown produce!