The Q&A Archives: Growing Lettuce

Question: I planted some mini bib lettuce this year in a window box on my deck. They came out great! I wanted to start a second crop, is it OK to start it now? The average temp right now is 85-88 degrees here.

Answer: Lettuce planted in the heat of mid-summer is likely to bolt and go to seed in a hurry. What you may be able to harvest will probably taste bitter because of the heat. Wait until about six weeks before your first expected frost date and plant another batch of lettuce seeds. The plants will mature during the cooler fall weather, and provide tender leaves for tasty salads.

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