I had a harvest last week. A teeny weeny head (if one can call it a head) of oakleaf lettuce from my windowbox. I could have had 4 heads if only I had harvested the week before. But I was pushing the envelope to see how far I could go.
Notice how the leaves are yellow instead of green? That’s because of lack of light in the garage.
After harvesting from the windowboxes mid December (see 12/17/12 post) I needed to know how the 3 diferent lettuce varieties would perform, rather survive, if at all, during January/February. See photo below for results.
As you can see from the above photo
Cimmaron Lettuce (center box) and Forellenschluss Lettuce (bottom box) did not make it.
Four of the five Oakleaf Lettuce (top box) were still looking good the week of 1/14. Decided to wait another week, 3 started to wilted, leaving only one.
Harvested the lone surviving oakleaf on 1/24/13 and added it to my Adzuki Bean Sprouts Salad that I posted on Saturday, 1/26 (If you look really closely at the salad you can see the oakleaf lettuce).
Of course if I had the windowboxes under grow light all the lettuces would survive, looking healthy and green. But with the cost of electricity, I don’t think that would be cost effective.
So this is my last lettuces in windowbox post, thus ending my experiment.
◊ Removed all the blemished outer leaves
◊ Made sure the head was clean and dry to the touch
◊ Wrapped it in clean paper towel and placed it in a plastic bag
◊ Wrote date on plastic bag and placed in the refrigerator
◊ Checked periodically for spoilage and replaced paper towel if it was wet.
As you can see from the photo, above left, it is still looking pretty. Used it in my Adzuki Bean Sprouts Salad. That’s 2 months since I harvested it. Happy to report it was still crunchy and delicious.
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