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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
May 7, 2016 7:50 AM CST

I have a lot of lettuce that I planted from starts growing in my garden boxes. I cant remember what kind of lettuce it is, but I have attached a picture of the biggest one:

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My question is, how can you tell if lettuce is ripe? I doubt these are ripe, I am just wondering for future reference.


Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
Old, fat, and gardening in OH
May 7, 2016 9:03 AM CST
The nice thing about your leaf-lettuce is you can just pick some of the outside leaves. Better to graze than simply harvest. The window between mature and gone to seed is short...
free for them in need:
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
May 7, 2016 12:06 PM CST
There are two types of lettuce: Head Lettuce (ice burg come to mind first) and Leaf Lettuce. Leaf Lettuce is the best because there is no ripe. Just harvest the outside leaves and let the middle continue to grow. Once it decides to flower you won't want to eat the leaves anymore.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost


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