We’re gone for two days and our lettuce bolts (= leaves turn bitter as the plant prepares to seed), meaning into-the-compost-heap-it-goes. (Note: the picture is not of bolting lettuce. It’s of delicious, healthy lettuce). My front garden has a sad bald patch at the moment, while I decide on it’s warm weather replacements.
This was my first year growing lettuce, and I learned three things:
1. 22 lettuce plants for 2 people is TOO MANY. What was I thinking? Next year I will plant 6, 3 per person.
2. Lettuce should be a garden border plant, since you continuously harvest it (unlike onions, which you only dig up once). I didn’t think through my plant placement in March and as a result, I kept having to step lightly over the onions and other seedlings during salad time.
3. The most delicious lettuce wrap recipe is as follows:
– Grill some chicken. Use Tony’s seasoning. Shred cooked chicken.
– Chop up a mango. Put in bowl.
– Chop up 2-3 green onions. Add to bowl.
– Chop up 1-2 celery stalks. Add to bowl.
– Squeeze of lemon – add to bowl.
– Add chicken to bowl. Stir. Spoon into lettuce leaves and eat like tacos.
Trust me, it’s amazing.