[Market-farming] Market-farming Digest, Vol 66, Issue 17

TradingPostPaul tradingpost at riseup.net
Fri Jul 18 14:26:35 EDT 2008

Suggest a thin 1"- 2" layer of mulch - hay or straw. The bitterness
probably comes from soil temperature on shallow roots rather than air
temperature on the lettuce leaves. Plus it helps keep soil moisture even in
the heat.

paul tradingpost at lobo.net

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>Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 22:13:03 -0400
>From: Allan Balliett <aballiett at frontiernet.net>
>Subject: [Market-farming] Dressing ideas for bitter summer lettuce(?)
>To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
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>I've got a planting of Jehrico that's been distributed to the CSA 
>that I'm getting some bitterness complaints about.
>This brings up two questions:
>1. Do you have a recipe for a dressing that goes good with bitter lettuce?
>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?
>Allan Balliett
>Extending the season right into summer
>in Shepherdstown, WV

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