Friday, July 23, 2010

Taking Things in Stride

This week a neighbor removed a tree that shaded my happy lettuce patch.  Sudden direct sunlight, along with a week of soaring heat sent my lettuce bolting.  The leaves turned tough, bitter and unpalatable.

You have to take these developments in stride.  Your garden will get hit with weather incidents, drought, blight or insect invasions.  Roll with punches.  The upside of all this was... free seeds!

The timing wasn't bad either, because my potato bed had finally waned. I can harvest all the potatoes for storage, and replant new lettuces in that bed, which is now shaded by an overgrown elderberry and rose bush.

The lettuce bed will be cleaned out, composted and prepared for a fresh crop that better thrives in full sun.  Squash, broccoli, peas, leeks, radishes and parsnips are all candidates.  Can't wait to plant a mid-July crop!

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