Salad greens

Who came up with the idea of summer salads? I mean lettuce and radishes ripen in spring, cucumbers come later, and tomatoes and peppers the latest of all. Nobody’s getting together in a salad bowl, I can tell you. Most lettuce greens won’t even germinate above 80F. So here’s what you do: Germinate them indoors. You won’t need lights or anything. Once they come up, take them out for a little morning sun, with a spritzer to keep them cool. Then transplant to a spot in the garden (or anywhere) out of the hot afternoon sun.

Harvest with scissors when they’re itty-bitty. Then harvest again, and again, and again, keeping those babies nice and moist regularly. Add arugula, maybe some mizuna or other wierd greens, a few other types of lettuce (romaine loves the heat), and some dill.



About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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