Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Earlier this week we harvested the last of the spring lettuce cropo in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. We have cause to celebrate on several fronts:
a) Our lettuce was beautiful, and tasted great.
b) Even with so many days with temps exceeding 90 degrees, the lettuce only started showing signs of bolting (going to seed) recently, prompting our final harvest. A taste test on June 10 indicated the taste was a little strong, but not bitter.
c) The Spring lettuce crop yielded 133 lbs., more than twice our yield in 2013 (62 lbs.).