We had a fresh salad for dinner last night. It was delicious. What made it even better is that we produced the lettuce in our garden. Last fall was so pleasant that I thought I would just plant some seeds in my plastic covered grow box and then see what happens. I planted Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce.
Well, they came right up and within a week were about 1 inch tall. Then it started getting cold, but the temperatures this year were well above average. This season's winter low was only 10 degrees F, with only 1 major snowfall.
Each time it was cold, I would raise the plastic of the grow box, preparing myself for disappointment. The cold didn't even touch it. I was quite pleased.
So, from the end of November to the end of February, about 3 months, my little lettuce plants grew... Slowly.
Yet, despite the length of time it took to grow, it still tasted like healthy sweet lettuce.
This coming winter, I'll plant more seeds and a little earlier. Once they get well established, I'm hoping that they will generate new leaves faster.
Any suggestions on how to get a great winter crop of lettuce?