Category Archives: Lettuce

A Final Peek Under The Hoops

Time to take the plastic off. This pic shows kale on the left side.  My notes read 'Vates Kale', but I didn't note the seed vender.  I like this kale.  A few carrots are in the very front right side.  The empty space after the carrots is where spinach was planted.  Under all 3 of my hoops this past winter, I had a real problem with aphids.  They, of course, never freeze out under the hoops - nothing freezes under the hoop.  A bit further back, with the red stems, are Detroit beets.  I don't Read more [...]

A Peek Under The Hoop

This is a quick peek under one of my 3 hoop gardens.  This one has broccoli at the front - this is the same broccoli that had the initial problem with downy mildew.  After a few treatments - discussed in a previous post - the plants seem small, but no sign of mildew.  These plants now have tiny heads - hopefully they will grow into big, harvest-able heads. Midway back on the right side, in front of more broccoli, is bok choy.  Then there is broccoli, and spinach behind the broccoli.  On the Read more [...]

Late Season Bean Planting

After trying to get over the failure of my spring garden, probably due to Dow Agriscience's poison aminopyralid, I have decided to replant some quick growers for the second half of our growing season here in Texas.  This bed is scheduled to have broccoli, cabbage and greens this fall.  However, since these crops won't be planted for at least 6 to 8 weeks, I am going to try to get a quick crop of beans. So far, the beans look OK.  I think that maybe most of the poison aminopyralid may have degraded Read more [...]

Toxic Compost? Aminopyralid? Thanks Dow AgroScience

I posted a while back that I thought that our wetter than normal spring may have been responsible for my pepper leaves being deformed.  Well, after weeping over my destroyed garden - peppers, tomatoes and beans shot for the season, I have found that a herbicide may be responsible.  After thinking about it, I do believe that the tomato leaves do in fact look like previous herbicide damage to tomatoes that I have seen. My tomato damage and pepper leaf damage does indeed look like pictures of aminopyralid Read more [...]

Heriloom Slo Bolt Leaf Lettuce Going To Seed

I really liked this Slo Bolt lettuce.  I am letting a couple of heads go to seed.  It would definitely be better if I could have let a dozen plants go to seed, but I just don't have the space.  If I let this plant make it all the way to mature seed, I'll have to be sure and try to remember not to save seed from this plant's children.  The genetics will probably be poorer. You can see little yellow flowers.  I am only letting one variety of lettuce go to seed, so I shouldn't have a problem with Read more [...]

Lettuce After The Rabbits Visited

Last winter rabbits ate all of my lettuce and spinach growing in this bed.  These few cos lettuce plants regrew, as did 2 spinach plants at the far end of the bed - top right of this pic. It is time to pick this lettuce - I don't need the seeds so I'm not going to let it go to seed.  I planted peppers, basil, onions and squash around the lettuce.  (The peppers and onions were started from seed.  These basil are volunteers.) Those are t-posts holding up a 16 foot cattle panel that the winter Read more [...]

Under the Hoops

This is the first winter that I have had a covered hoop garden.  A few posts ago, you can see the garden beds with the hoops in place.  The hoops are 10' under ground gray conduit.  About a dollar and a half each, not bad. They are secured into the ground with a 2' section of 3/8" rebar, cut to 2' sections and pounded half way into the ground. The tent is a 24' section of thicker plastic from Lowes.  It was a 100' roll that cost $40 something.  I cut it into 4 sections, allowing about 4' to Read more [...]

A Load of Horse Manure

My raised beds are filled with poor, sandy soil so I had to do something to get a serious amount of organic material into the beds.  My solution? A ton or 2 of composting horse manure from a local stable.  The trailer was fully loaded and piled high when I pulled it in.  It took me about 4 days of serious shoveling to get the other poop out of the trailer and into the beds.  I shoveled more out than is pictured.  Have to find a good place to store the rest until next spring planting.  I lined Read more [...]

My Hoop Garden Is Taking Shape

I have prepared two of my raised beds for hoop gardens. I plan to do this for my 3rd bed that doesn't have a raised cattle panel running down the middle of it. The beds are made out of 16' lengths of 1x6 treated lumber.  The boxes are 5' wide.  I purchased four 20' sections of 3/8" rebar and had one of my sons cut them into 2' sections.  I decided to put 7 hoops on each 16' bed.  I pounded the 2' sections of rebar 1' into the ground, leaving 1' above ground - the height of the bed side.   Read more [...]

Lettuce Sprouting All Over The Place

This past summer I let almost a dozen Parris Isle cos lettuce plants go to seed. I harvested over a quarter cup of seeds. Plenty of other seeds landed all over the place and sprouted in the walkway, in empty pots, in beds, just where ever they landed. Here are a couple of pics of lettuce sprouting in walkways: As a curious note: I have noticed that these saved seeds that I have deliberately scattered around in patches in the garden have produced a lettuce plant that never seems to fully mature Read more [...]