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Lettuce in my BIG chair. Your pots don’t have to be big since the roots are pretty shallow for these plants.

One of my favorite things about gardening is the bounty.  This year I decided to plant a few plugs of kale and lettuce in pots on my porch for easy access.

Boom — Morning green smoothie – Done.  I walk out my back door and pick a handful of kale, wash and add it to a smoothie for a healthy, delicious breakfast.

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Here is my recipe: Kale Mango Smoothie

Handful of Dino Kale

1/2 cup of frozen mango

1 small orange, peeled

1/2 cup of water

Blend until smooth

If you have never had fresh lettuce from a garden you are missing out.  You never know what you are missing until you try it.  Fresh lettuce is so tender.  I made a salad for a friend last night and she commented on how wonderful the lettuce was.  I just walked out my backdoor with salad spinner in hand.  Grabbed some leaves, washed, pinched, Voila! Perfect salad.

Lettuce and kale are very easy to grow, but they usually need cool evenings.  There is still time to plant a few before the summer heat develops.  If you are waiting this late to plant, you should go ahead and buy the baby plants or plugs to ensure success.  If you want to try seeds, I would put on your calendar to start those late March earlynext yearApril (at least that is the timeframe for the south).

All you need is a pot, good potting spoil, slow release fertilizer, water and sun.

If you have room for a big garden or just a patio, potted veggies are wonderful.

Happy Gardening!

melissa

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I was afraid I might have missed my lettuce planting window.  Yes, it is true, lettuce likes a little coolness, but  you still have time to get a crop in.  And if you have never had fresh lettuce…boy, are you in for a treat.  Plus, you can grow lettuce anywhere–in a pot, on your deck, in your veggie beds.  It doesn’t discriminate.  So all you apartment dewellers or those unfortunate to have deer consuming all your planted goods.  Try lettuce in pots on your deck.

Here is an easy 1, 2, 3 on how to get your lettuce started.

1)Soil is key. Lettuce likes highly organic, fertile soil–although it is pretty resilent, so don’t stress.  Mix some topsoil and compost to start.  make sure it drains well.

2)Get seeds or seedlings.  Try Roman, Head, Leaf, and Butterhead…

3)Plant about 1/4 deep and about 12 inches apart. Mulch lightly to retain moisture. Water...Voila.  Watch it grow.

That’s it. Yummy salads galore!

You should grow lettuce.

Happy Gardening!

melissa

 

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