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30 May 2009
Sunny 19°C / 67°F

I pulled the last of my spinach out today, and all the remaining miner’s lettuce. The spinach was all bolting, and the miner’s lettuce was looking a bit ragged. i also removed the escarole that overwintered — it was bolting and too bitter even for me to enjoy. I really, really like miner’s lettuce and am quite pleased with how it performed this spring.

I planted the dill that I got from my cousin C in between a few of the greens — by the time it gets big, the greens will be done. I think I will put one tomato plant in the spot the miner’s lettuce occupied and experiment with training it up the pea trellis.

I also removed half of the evergreen bunching onions that I direct seeded, and replaced them with a large hunk of seedlings for the same plant that i got from C. Then I noticed that my wintersown evergreen bunching onions looked pretty good, so I stuck them in the same spot. There are a few direct-sown seedlings remaining.


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spidra

spidra

Folia Helper

United States10a

How have you liked the miner’s lettuce? I bought some seeds but didn’t get around to planting it. Some volunteered from some used potting soil but I still didn’t get around to eating it until it had started to bolt.

Posted on 01 Jun 09 (almost 10 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

I really like the miner’s lettuce. On it’s own, it’s no big deal — It doesn’t have much flavor, but is crunchy. I love it in salad though — I grow a lot of strong-flavored salad greens, and it’s nice to have the miner’s lettuce to sort of water down the other flavors.

And a miner’s lettuce and pea shoot salad is gorgeous. All the stems are very architectural, and with a light dressing it looks like a salad you would get in a very fancy restaurant.

Posted on 01 Jun 09 (almost 10 years ago)
ceae

ceae

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Canada6a

I wish I would have planted more peas for shoots … I cooked all mine, but your salad sounds great! Hey, I wonder if you could grow peas for shoots during summer? My understanding is that you can’t do peas in summer because they don’t germinate or flower at high temps. So if you germinated on paper towel and planted them out only hoping for a few inches of growth … hmmm. What do you think?

Posted on 01 Jun 09 (almost 10 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

I think great minds think alike ceae! I was going to try to keep my shoots going. Someone grew shoots last summer — I think it was perhaps Soliel. Her climate is much cooler than mine, but I’m still going to try it.

Posted on 01 Jun 09 (almost 10 years ago)

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Katxena

Germantown, Maryland

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