May 25, 2021
Thank you, Starla Willis, for the video and Beverly Allen and Sharon L. Wright for teaching us about salad gardening. It is my understanding that your lettuce varieties were planted the first week of March and may last through June.
If you are like me, and hate to see your salad garden coming to an end, make summer plans!
I hear Beverly is trying a heat resistant romaine lettuce from Johnny’s seeds called Monte Carlo. Along with using a location with part shade, she plans to harvest often and early to beat the effects of our summer heat. She also said with this cool spring, there might be time to get one more round of quick growing radish seeds such as Cherry Belle or French Breakfast planted and harvested before summer. Her favorite sandwich consists of thinly sliced radishes from the garden and arugula. Sounds good, Beverly!
More summer salad ideas-Swiss Chard and Malabar Spinach. Buy transplants from your local garden center and put them in your garden when your spring lettuce begins to bolt or turn bitter.
Ann Lamb, Dallas County Master Gardener Class of 2005
Beverly Allen, Dallas County Master Gardener Class of 2018
Here’s more information from Johnny’s Seeds about heat resistant varieties. We can’t vouch for them yet, but plan to try some in our gardens. Dallas Garden Buzz readers, what do you grow for your salad bowl when the heat comes on? We would love to know.
I always love lettuce news! And any extension to lettuce season is good news too!!
Elizabeth, I like the ideas, too. And Beverly also said she grows kale and other lettuces now and uses them as micro greens. Cuts them early and eats them before they get bitter.
Almost sounds like a Beatrix Potter tale.