Keep It Sweet – Lettuce
Last year's lettuce was fabulous. My mom had told me a couple of years ago that I shouldn't plant my own lettuce because it becomes bitter. Her experience left a bitter taste in her mouth (pun intended) So, as always, I wanted to find out why and did a little research and experimenting.
This is what I discovered:
- If you are having problems with your lettuce tasting bitter, pick it in the morning, wash and dry it and put it in the fridge for a day. It should sweeten up. The hot sun of the day can dry it out and make it bitter. It usually recoups over night in the dew.
- Be sure to water the lettuce in the morning – the water helps the lettuce survive the hot sun later in the day that can strip it of its sweetness.
- We also added 2 year compost with ground up coconut to our garden. It was a terrific addition – all of our plants grew luscious and produced much more fruit and vegis than the year before. We used NO fertilizers either, which made us all glad for a more nutritious yield.
What are you are growing this year and do you have any tips you might like to pass a long?
If you're interested in growing herbs, my friend Karen is an expert at it. Visit her blog at To Work With My Hands and do a search on Herbs. She has several posts about various herbs that are quite informative.
If you're interested in DIY and would like to make your own homemade chalky paint, I have a free PDF of 4 Homemade Chalky Paint Recipes that I can send you via email.
Until Next time – be AMAZING and don't forget to comment with details about YOUR garden!