Lettuce Lull

Ah, well. Despite our attempt at successional sowings, it seems that we have a temporary lack of lettuce.

The last of our lettuces bolted ( the final poor specimen can be seen in the bottom right of the picture above ) and had to be pulled out.  The romaine seedlings that we planted out a few weeks ago are still a few weeks from harvesting. We picked the last of our second crop of mangetout last weekend, cut the plants off at soil level (leaving the roots to enrich the soil with nitrogen) and planted out more romaine lettuce seedlings in their place, but they still have a way to go as you can see above.

Our most recent sowing of looseleaf salad bowl lettuce is still a tray of seedlings too. On the positive side, in a few weeks time we should be back to harvesting both types of lettuce thick and fast! In the meantime, we had to buy lettuce for the first time in months. Next year: must try harder.

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4 thoughts on “Lettuce Lull

  1. I look at your soil with a green-eye! As a change from lettuce, I use Wild Rocket as a salad base so you could always resort to that in the inter-lettuce harvesting.

    Laurax

    • Thanks Laura. I have two sowings of wild rocket in too, although one row was too shaded by a self-seeded tomato plant – that I couldn’t bring myself to pull up – and mostly vanished, and the other is only just coming to harvesting size now – doesn’t seem much quicker than the lettuce!

      We are mostly lucky with our soil, though that top corner patch in the photo is still full of shards of glass, pottery, bits of metal and lots of stones; it seemed to have been used as a rubbish dump for years, and took several digger-loads to just clear to ground level… and we’ve since pulled out by hand several bucket-loads of broken shards that we find in the soil.

      I can use some of the baby chard leaves to supplement our salads too while we watch the lettuce grow, so it’s not all doom and gloom! x

  2. Do you often cut off the roots and leave them in? It occured to me that I should have done so with my broad beans. I am guessing that this questions is only relevant to peas and beans?

    • We haven’t tried it before, but it was suggested in something that I was reading a few weeks ago and lodged in my head as a very sensible way to make the most of the nitrogen-fixing properties of beans and peas, even after they’ve finished. So we didn’t do it for our first crops of broad beans and mange tout earlier in the summer, but I’m trying to remember as we ‘pull up’ the remaining leguminous things in the plot – not to pull them up, but rather cut them off!

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