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June 5, 2010 12:00 AM

Gardener's Almanac

Summer lettuce — Extension agent Rebecca McMahon and I have received questions this week about heat-resistant or summer lettuce. In the master gardeners' demonstration garden, Rebecca says, "we plant Black Seeded Simpson leaf lettuce (and we try other varieties that claim to be heat- and bolt-resistant). We try to plant a row every two weeks, because it grows quickly in the summer. It is also very important to keep the soil moist until the seed comes up. We harvest the lettuce when it is 'baby leaf' size, because it will start to get bitter in the heat after that, then pull it and replant it."

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