Gardening where the sidewalk ends

Green Salad August 29, 2008

It’s time to go cut the last of the summer lettuce before it bolts and gets bitter. Sometimes I have a hard time harvesting the end of it, because I just love the way it looks.

I’ve had great luck with lettuce and arugula in the parking strip, they have pretty low nutrient needs so it fits my lazy lack of fertilizing ways to grow them.

This green oak leaf lettuce was part of a six-pack of mixed slightly-exotic lettuces that I bought at the Seattle Tilth spring plant sale in May (always a zoo, the fall Harvest Fair is much mellower) and that didn’t go into the ground until mid-July (I had forgotten them, poor things, but they forgave me and grew well anyway).

Green Oak Leaf Lettuce & Marigold