Darceyoh wrote:um, how can you guys tell it's ready to bolt??
The lettuce plants begin to grow taller very quickly and the leaf shape can change (usually more narrow instead of wide). Some of my plants had a small head growing and it grew taller and opened. You can eventually see the flowers growing. Younger plants will skip forming a head and go straight to flowering when they bolt.
now that I think about it, it's been extremely hot and that's probably exactly what they did. I got no heads at all. I suppose I should be happy that I'm getting any lettuces/plant eatings from them at all I suppose!
It also makes me wonder what the lettuce should actually taste like, too~
soil wrote:I grow buttercrunch every year, and I let some go to seed every year. this is what a plant looks like when its about to go to flower, at this point I stop eating them.
I personally would let this plant go to seed, one plant will give you a few thousand seeds. this way you will be able to sow much thicker patches of the lettuce next year. if you just toss some seed in an area(1'x1'), you will get a thick patch of the buttercrunch. giving you a lot of plants to harvest leaves from daily for a continual harvest until late spring.
you can sow it in the fall and it will grow all winter. I grow my buttercrunch as a living mulch below my broccoli to maximize efficient use of space. they are good companions.
I was actually thinking about that, so will leave it be! I only have some 4x4 garden boxes to work with, nothing too huge though. Could you elaborate a little on the living mulch idea though, please? You plant them in the fall, and let them go all winter, or...? Should I be concerned about spacing for them, or will they thin each other out? Sorry for all the questions, I'm still very much a newb.
If I leave the one plant, is it OK to continue to munch on the leaves? they aren't poisonous now are they ? I grow them to feed to my guinea pig and I want to make sure nothing's going to hurt her