Category Archives: Lettuce

Dead or Alive?

The sharp blade slices through the skin, flesh and vascular tissues with ease.    Pressure in the vascular system collapses.   Almost immediately senescence – a genetically regulated process which leads to the death of cells and organs – begins.  Individual cells … Continue reading

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Spring Planting 2011

Having considered the many lessons of our first season, the Battery Rooftop Garden is now implementing its second season planting plan.   Among the main things learned in 2010:  the richness and depth of our soil allows us to achieve varieties … Continue reading

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Cold Frame Success

Although the cold frame was installed late (see previous post) and the first sowings of lettuce and spinach in January failed (see previous post), by late February my harvest of winter greens began in earnest.  A salad from March 1: … Continue reading

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Cold Frame!

The cold frame arrived on December 20.  It is a thing of beauty, although a far cry from the traditional country cold frame, which usually consists of an old window propped up against a south wall, and a rough wooden box … Continue reading

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The Fruits of Climate Change?

Here in Zone 6, the usual first frost date is October 15, with at least one hard freeze usually occurring by November 10.  Today is December 1, and as far as I can tell, we have yet to have either … Continue reading

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Forellenschuss (aka ‘Speckled Trout’ Lettuce)

This beautiful lettuce is a romaine-type, regarded by most sources as an Austrian variety (but also widely reported to have originated in the early 17th century in the Netherlands, and apparently also popular in the 18th century in Germany).  Forellenschuss translates literally … Continue reading

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Autumn Harvest

The roof-top garden continues to produce copious quantities of tomatoes, carrots, Malabar spinach, Erba Stella, parsley, peppers, beets and greens.  The late season lettuces and spinach are gaining size, and the first broccoli florette of the fall crop has made its appearance.   A … Continue reading

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