Rob S. aka Blitz wrote:
Soil Im curious how the taste goes after generations of reseeding from the same plant. Are these heirloom or hybrids? Ive heard that if you keep using seeds over and over that it will go bitter, at least on hybrids.
I've been growing lettuce seed from a very limited gene pool for several generations. The only time bitternesss has been an issue is in summer, so cultural.
I've never seen hybrid lettuce seed, but I've never looked out for it.
As far as I know, lettuce is one of the rare veggies that don't tend to cross-pollinate.
the only ones that are a little bitter are the ones i let grow wild in the forest garden, almost like they reverted to there wild ancestors. cant exactly say why either. i started with heirloom varieties. the ones grown in the other garden are nice and sweet as long as it doesn't get too hot outside, or start to bolt. but honestly i sort of like the slightly bitter ones now, they have more flavor imo. seems to me they would be richer in nutrients and minerals as well.
lettuce doesnt make it through our summers in central texas. doesnt matter where you plant it sun or shine. day after day of over 90 degree temps send it bolting away. it becomes inedible bitter quit a bit before that.
i leave quite a few lettuce to go to seed for next winter, I like having 20,000 lettuce seeds for free.
soil wrote:the only ones that are a little bitter are the ones i let grow wild in the forest garden
soil wrote:really the only thing i can tell that i do differently is, in the forest garden i just let them self seed all by themselves.
Rob S. aka Blitz wrote:
What zone are you in? And, the what types of lettuce do you let go wild in the woods? I would like to try to perrenialize some lettuce myself in zone 6. Cheers.
Im assuming you get frost down to the ground though? Im not sure if I can let them go perrenial in zone 6, but Ill try
i rely on other greens in the summer. sweet potato leaves are pretty good cooked. amaranth, lambs quarters, purslane, nettle, nasturtium, and so on. also by the time summer hits. im sick of lettuce greens from eating them all winter. i like diversity in my diet.
Can you recommend a good variety and source for sweet potato greens? Purslane is my favorite green veggie. It grew wild in my garden quite a few years ago and since then I've been saving the seeds.