I think the subject says it best. I have a variety
of leafy lettuces and I would like to know when
they are ready to pick, how and from where to
pick, and what is the best way to encourage
new leaves (and if it's possible.)
If they are the non-hearting type (cos, oak leaf etc) just pick the leaves
you need from the outside of the plant. You can encourage faster growth in
any leaf vegetable by feeding them high nitrogen fertilizer in liquid form.
On Mon, 25 Jun 2007 16:54:23 -0800, "KarenCannoli"
Outside leaves may be a little tougher than ones that are shielded
from the elements. I suggest you try a batch of both and see if maybe
you want to leave the outside and pick the largest inside leaves that
are more tender.
Same goes for squash okra onions potatoes and many more (not tomatos)
Pick the smaller produce and get twice the flavor.
Pick the outside leaves as needed. Leave the inner
leaves to grow up and become outside leaves. Keep
harvesting from the outside of the plant as it
They're ready to pick when they look big enough
to put in a salad. Your specifications will vary,
depending on how hungry you are. (Mine always do.)
Keep planting a few more lettuce seeds every week
or two, so when the old plants are done, you'll
have young plants coming along.
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