[Market-farming] Early Summer Greens

jay sleichter jaysleichter at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 8 11:49:53 EDT 2009

Well we started our market a month earlier this year. I have sold out of all my lettuce (Buttercrunch, Black Seeded Simpson and Spinach)  I was not planning on selling so much. In years past, greens were never a good seller. This year I sold out every day.  I only made two successions, because I ran out of room.  

My question is this, It is June 8th, what greens can I plant and harvest without them getting bitter?  I live in Kansas in Zone 5.   It has been in the 90's, but it is more like the 80's for the month of June. Today in is in the 60's.  I have more seed that I have already mentioned.   Exotic greens probably won't sell well.  More straight lettuce or spinach is an easy sell.

I have read about the Summer Crisp or French Crisp Lettuce from Johnny's.  Is it really  tolerant of hot weather?  If so, what varieties to you suggest?  Growing methods that would make it easier to produce good lettuce in the early summer.  

I know I am chasing my tail in that I should have already made plans, but maybe I can try somethings this year and be ready for next year.



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