My Man Grows Stupendous Lettuce

– Posted in: Vegetables

He Won’t Brag, So I Will

Just one head of lettuce provides salad for twelve. Can your lettuce do that?

Just one head of lettuce provides salad for twelve. Can your lettuce do that?

My husband would tell you that he had nothing to do with it. Someone else sowed the seeds; he just stuck the seedlings in the ground. God provided the rain. Yeah, but who was up there weeding?
Shaded by the broccoli, the lettuce isn't bitter, even though it's pretty nigh bolted.

Shaded by the broccoli, the lettuce isn't bitter, even though it's pretty nigh bolted.

All that cool and rainy weather has been good for something: great lettuce!

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Dragonfly Lady September 14, 2009, 1:51 pm

If I bring a dressing can I come over and sample?
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debra July 30, 2009, 9:33 pm

That Mr. Purdy is going to make husbands everywhere envious! My goodness what a yummy head of lettuce!
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greg draiss July 28, 2009, 2:52 pm

Still picking lettuce here in Athens in mid-summer. One nice thing about a cool summer: nothing bolts but then peppers don’t grow either
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Gail July 28, 2009, 2:48 pm

I don’t grow lettuce Kathy, but that is some garden crop to be proud of~~gail
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Jen July 27, 2009, 9:17 pm

Despite ideal weather I had horrible luck with lettuce this year. A planted a whole packet and got maybe 5 heads out of it. I’m attempting another batch of it heading into fall.

Crossing my fingers it works out.
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commonweeder July 27, 2009, 1:05 pm

I’m still getting lettuce, but the heads don’t look as big and tender as that! What a guy!
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Lynn July 26, 2009, 4:53 pm

Beautiful! Great idea to plant among the broccoli. Ours is mostly bolted. I want to try a second crop from seed. As cloudy as it’s been, it just might work! Enjoy the salad.
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Scott Supak July 26, 2009, 4:11 pm

Yep, good lettuce this year! I plant just outside the drip line of a big maple, so the lettuce only gets a half day of sun (if there’s sun, that is). That slows the bolting down a little.

Also good up here with this continuous June Gloom is arugula, collards (planted very early), and other greens, although the Mizuna bolted right away… not sure why.
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Mr. McGregor's Daughter July 26, 2009, 1:25 pm

That’s awesome! We need to convince him he should be proud. Weeds deprive plants of water & nutrients, so removing them allows a plant to grow bigger and stronger.
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Cindy, MCOK July 26, 2009, 8:46 am

Wow, so that’s what lettuce can look like if it’s given the right growing conditions! Need I say that mine looks NOTHING like that?!
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Dee/reddirtramblings July 26, 2009, 8:42 am

It gets too hot here too fast to create anything like that. Glad you’re so proud of him. Enjoy that luscious salad.~~Dee

cityslipper (food dryer) July 26, 2009, 8:33 am

Awesome gorgeous giant lettuce plants. If mine grew that big, I’ve no doubt I’d be wrestling 6-inch slugs off of them. Kudos!
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Annie in Austin July 26, 2009, 1:00 am

Kathy, the lettuce is just lovely – and in the photo you look as delighted as a bride with a bouquet ;-]

Annie at the Transplantable Rose
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Leslie July 26, 2009, 12:38 am

I am so impressed! Mine always bolts before it gets that lush.
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Country Gardener July 25, 2009, 11:12 pm

Ah, ha, this cool wet summer is good for growing something! Not tomatoes, alas.
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mss @ Zanthan Gardens July 25, 2009, 10:25 pm

That’s probably more lettuce than we get out of our entire mini-veggie garden in a season. Wow! I’m looking forward to winter when we can have lettuce again.
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chuck b. July 25, 2009, 10:17 pm

My lettuce doesn’t do that either. It feeds two people every once in awhile and we call it good. But we do grow it all year long , which is good.
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Kathy Purdy July 25, 2009, 10:23 pm

Touche. We can’t grow it all year long, not with our winters. Eliot Coleman comes close, though.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens July 25, 2009, 10:11 pm

Nope, my lettuce can’t feed twelve people! That’s amazing that you are still eating lettuce from the garden in July.
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