[Market-farming] Dressing ideas for bitter summer lettuce(?)

Pat Meadows pat at meadows.pair.com
Fri Jul 18 14:06:14 EDT 2008

On Thu, 17 Jul 2008 22:13:03 -0400, you wrote:

>2. I've had it in my head that as long as the soil is very damp, 
>lettuce won't get bitter. I think I ran into something weird in the 
>past couple of weeks: the soil was wet to almost capacity but it was 
>hot enough that this soaking wet soil got hot. I was in a bind of 
>knowing I didn't need more water and thinking that as long as the 
>lettuce could access water, its leaves could not get too hot. It seem 
>like I should have used a 'cooling mist,' even though the soil was 
>plenty wet. (I hate to say it, but also HOT to the touch, at times) 
>What do you think?

Do you think a heavy straw mulch would help? It would certainly keep the
soil cooler.  

Northern Pennsylvania


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