salad days INDEED

spellcheckJuly 13, 2005

what are the basic soil / water / nutrient requirements for growing a fair to quality head of lettuce?

i planted one of those packets 'mescula mix' or something to that effect, and it is incredibly bitter. so much so that it kinda burns my poor mouth

and it is not as though it has been harvested all summer (last year's lettuce became bitter after 3-4 trimmings)

the other standard green variety at the beginning of the leafy veg row is a little bitter too but not nearly as bad. the spinach at the end of the row is just fine.

what is going on? etc

much appreciated / josh

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blueheron(z6 PA)

Josh, mesclun mix or any kind of lettuce prefers cool temperatures. I don't know where you are located in PA, but here in zone 6, we've been having hot, hot weather! Lettuce will rapidly go to seed and become bitter in those kinds of temps.

As for the requirements, lettuce prefers loose, fertile, well-drained soil. (As does most everything else. LOL).

    Bookmark   July 13, 2005 at 5:41PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Plus, I think that some of those lettuces are naturally bitter, much like their close relative....wild lettuce. The bitterness just hasn't been bred out of them, like we've done to the others! So maybe it's a combination of genetics plus temperatures?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2005 at 5:45PM
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you know, that would make sense
as it has been wildly hot this summer

i am considering growing some indoors just to have on hand. along with maybe some broccoli. it would be nicer than going to the grocery.

thanks for the input, both of you

yours / josh

    Bookmark   July 13, 2005 at 5:51PM
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