Since I was moving in the middle of growing season, I didn't get to plant much this summer. For a dyed in the wool gardener, it was heartbreaking. It also means that we have nothing in the freezer to help feed us this winter. A sad situation, but since we now live on our homestead, it will be the last time this happens.
One of my favorite things to grow in the fall is lettuce. Since it grows quickly, I planted a crop in one of my raised garden beds, back in August after we moved here. It is so easy to grow and it really matured quickly and looks beautiful. We harvested our first leaves last week. Delicious!!
All last week, I picked single leaves from different plants. This method of harvest prolongs the length of time you get leaves from you plants, however, when growing lettuce in the heat of the summer, you cannot really harvest like this for very long because heat and a lot of sunlight will make your lettuce bolt and turn bitter.
In the fall, when the season is winding down and the weather is turning cooler, you don't have the bolting problem, so you can harvest single leaves for a longer period of time. We will have sweet tasty lettuce for weeks, as long as it does not get too cold at night.
Have a great week,
I love raised garden beds. My husband made mine, but this one is virtually the same design. It is so nice to be able to garden without having to bend over or kneel. Weeding is a breeze and so is tying up plants and harvesting.
You simply cannot find a more convenient way to garden!