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

clearviewfarm at bluefrog.com clearviewfarm at bluefrog.com
Sat Jul 19 06:10:02 EDT 2008


Has anyone tried some of that newfangled white plastic mulch, that might reflect enough sunlight to keep soil cooler and dissuade slugs?

Kurt Forman Clearview Farm Palmyra, NY 14522

--- mlynn at pcisys.net wrote:

From: "Marcy" <mlynn at pcisys.net>
To: "'Market Farming'" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Dressing ideas for bitter summer lettuce(?)
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 21:50:16 -0600

How/where do you seed for lettuce transplants?  I've always direct-seeded
for spring and fall harvest and just skipped the summer, but this year I
wanted to keep some lettuce going through the summer for our CSA (new this
year).
I tried starting a table full of flats in our living room for cooler soil
temps during germination, then moved to a table in the hoophouse, but they
all fried. Well, I do have two flats of Concept that survived and are big
enough to transplant now. 

My June seeding of endive and dandelion greens didn't do so well either
(direct seeded). I'm wondering if it would help to use row cover to keep it
cooler and keep bugs off?  It's inside the hoophouse also.

Thanks!!
Marcy
SE CO with a hot/dry/windy summer

-----Original Message-----
From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Paul Wiediger

Jericho is better than any other we have tried - and we have tried dozens.
But, it only stays nice for about 2 weeks.  So if we want good, sweet
lettuce for the entire summer, we have to be seeding/transplanting every two
weeks.

Alison Wiediger, Au Naturel Farm

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