Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fall Romaine Lettuce

This evening after dinner we enjoyed the unseasonably cool weather in the garden. We pulled our pickling cucumber plants. It was kind of hard to let them go. They've been such great producers, but we needed the space to plant our fall romaine.

We seeded the romaine indoors on June 30th. The plants are healthy, despite the fact that we almost killed them by accidentally unplugging the light and leaving them in darkness for 3 days. We didn't harden them either. We're keeping our fingers crossed.

We did a soil test with a simple color coded kit that you can get at any lawn and garden store. We really don't know for sure, but we think it told us our soil's pH is too high. After doing a little research we discovered some ways to bring the pH down. We amended the row with bark and food grade sulfur from Fertrell. I'd really like to send soil samples to a lab. We've read other bloggers describe doing it, but it's a stretch for us.

Anyway, we planted around 30 plants. The romaine was a great producer in the spring. We're  hoping for a big harvest this fall. 


  1. Hi Malay-Kadazan girl, yes romaine lettuce. Sorry about that.

  2. I need to get out and see what's available to plant..just got myself a little tired and worn out putting away what was harvested already.

  3. Hi Ginny, if only we had your tomato harvest. The change in weather toward fall has us wondering if we'll get a single can of tomatoes this year.

  4. Oh I hope it does so well for you all. I really like Romaine, I think it always makes a salad look so pretty!

  5. Thanks Alicia, romaine lettuce is definitely a staple at our home.