Monday, November 12, 2018

Lettuce! November 12, 2018

Harvest Monday and Through My Lens

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, November 9, 2018
I planted Black-seeded Simpson Lettuce in September to see if it would grow here in north Mississippi in the Autumn. Yes, it will! I planted the seeds in large tubs to make it easier to protect the plants from frost.

When the weather forecast for last Friday night was for below freezing temperatures, I picked most of the leaves, and covered the plants by draping a thick layer of old towels over the tops of the tubs.

Some of the lettuce leaves went on ham sandwiches for Saturday's lunch, and I used the rest to make salads on Sunday night.

We have rain today, so the lettuce plants are uncovered, getting a good drink of water. By covering them on the colder nights, I hope to get another picking or two of lettuce - in November!

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  1. Hello, that is cool you grew this lettuce. It looks delicious too, I love it in salads. Happy Monday, enjoy your day! Have a great new week!

  2. ...just frozen lettuce here today.

  3. Lettuce is a winter staple in my garden. It usually sails right through the few frosty nights that we get. Maybe your lettuce will hang in there longer than you expect.

  4. My lettuce usually makes it through quite a bit of freezing weather, including Black Seeded Simpson. Yours is lovely!

  5. Good going with the container lettuce. Though I grow most winter greens in the ground, I often have chard, baby kale, mustard and mesclun lettuce in 12-inch containers. The first three survive well in cold to high 20's with covering or moving to a sheltered location.

  6. Great idea planting in containers. My mother used to plant lettuce and also spinach and used it all winter long.

  7. I've always liked growing lettuces in containers. They stay cleaner and grow just as well in them. Your Simpson lettuce looks tender and sweet.

  8. I love Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce, it is very versatile and tastes great. We let a plant go to seed, to share through a Seed Circle, and there were seedlings popping up all over the place, including in the drainage gully by our garage door lol. Hope you can protect the from frost for a while yet

  9. Wonderful! The lettuce looks perfect. So glad the experiment worked for you.


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