Come summer, growing lettuces and tender greens can be a challenge. We do grow a “patch or two” in our movable planter boxes that we move to the northwest side of the house to keep the sun’s rays from beating down on the poor things. Sure, we’ll get a few cuttings before they expire; bu twe rely more on their hardy counterparts for our summer green crop.
Over the last 25 years of growing food in the city, we learned many things – sometimes the hard way. The main lesson is to adapt, growing along with the season and not against it. Trying to coax things to grow out of their season means you just create more work for yourself.
In summer there’s a higher turnaround with the greens, like lettuce and arugula, because of bolting . In summer, our salad mix has more hardy (less likely to bolt) summer greens like dandelion, purslane, tetragonia, orach, amaranth, mustards, etc.
Don’t think your chances have wilted for growing nutritious greens in the heat of the summer. Grow out of your comfort zone! There are plenty of different and exciting greens from which to choose.
What’s your favorite “hot weather” greens?