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fresh greens and lettuces are so easy to grow with mixes of cut & come again varieties
Lettuces and Greens are something anyone can grow just about anywhere. Leaf lettuce blends and mixes offer the advantage of being able to “Cut” them and then allow them to regrow or “Come Again” for future harvesting without having to be replanted.
CUT and COME AGAIN LETTUCE MIXES
The main advantage of growing leaf lettuces verses head lettuce is that leaf lettuce varieties offer a long harvest time. “Cut” these small leaves about 3 inches above the ground and then allowed them time to regrow. This regrowth is the “Come Again” portion of the growing phase.
HOW TO HARVEST:
It is amazing how you will be able to harvest your fresh lettuce over and over. Make sure to allow the 3 inches to reduce stress to the lettuce plants.
In the above photo, I harvested just a small section of my lettuce crops. I am able to take just what we need as we need it.
Some leaf lettuces are more fragile than others and should be cut at time of use to maintain their freshness and quality. Cutting at time of use also increases the nutritional value as nothing is lost in storage.
VARIETIES of LEAF LETTUCES:
I recommend several varieties and mixes of Cut and Come Again Lettuce Mixes and Blends:
- Red Salad Bowl
- Red Romaine
- Green Romaine
- Black Seeded Simpson
- Red Sails
- Green Endive
- Mesclun Mixes
- Gourmet Salad Blend
If you grow a lot of lettuces, then purchasing individual varieties and mixing them yourself as works well. This way you will be creating your own cut and come again lettuce mixes!
CONTAINER GARDENS & GREENHOUSES:
Leaf Lettuces of the Cut and Come Again varieties work well for container gardening and in a greenhouse setting.
I have planted several containers of a variety of leaf lettuce in succession plantings. Succession planting is a way to spread your sowing of seeds every 1 to 2 weeks to increase your harvest period.
LEARN MORE HERE ABOUT SUCCESSION PLANTINGS
CUT AND COME AGAIN LETTUCE MIXES
Please look at the photo below which was taken approximately 3 weeks after the first on photo showing the cutting of the lettuces. Remember to cut your leaf lettuce about 3 inches above the ground to insure enough of the plant remains to produce another crop.
Cut and Come Again Lettuce Mixes are perfect for Baby Greens. The first harvest begins in about 21 to 28 days. After the initial “cut”, the new lettuces will begin growing. Watch for them to be ready in about 2 weeks for small leaf lettuce or 3 weeks for larger leaves.
FRESH MIXED GREENS
Fresh Lettuces are hard to beat for quality and taste. This type of fresh lettuce is perfect for market gardens or farm stands.
Plan on Harvesting Lettuce just before washing and eating; so it is at its very best! It is super fresh and super nutritious.
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To grow head lettuce, just leave some of your cut and come again lettuce mixes to develop into their full size. Make sure to allow plenty of room for individual heads to develop.
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