HELP! I'M DROWNING.....in lettuce. Calling all children, calling all children: your mother wants you to stop by for lettuce. Soon!
I already had three large containers full of lettuce in the refrigerator, but more was needing to be picked before it got too large and bitter.
The front half of the main lettuce bed was bulging with large heads of Red Sails and Austrian Red Butterhead.
There was very little slug damage on the Red Sails. Slugs and birds seem to like the green lettuces better, and do minimal damage to the red. However, I rinse each leaf individually under running water, then give them a good soaking in the sink.
Even after the quick rinse, the first soaking brings out hidden dirt, slugs and pill bugs. Down the drain with them, and the lettuce goes into a second bath. If there is any residue in the sink, they have yet another bath. I'll not take any chances of having bugs or slugs in our salads!
I called my youngest son to beg him to come for lettuce. He wanted some of the butterhead, so I went out and picked one for him. Soon, when I get a new load of compost, this bed can get amended before any new seedlings go in. There's still half the bed of half-grown Romaine there, besides the six or so seedlings and two more mature Austrian Reds.
I love the Austrian Red Butterhead. It's much denser and heavier than the Red Sails. This head weighed a full pound (cleaned), while the four heads of Red Sails came in at a (cleaned) combined weight of 1 lb. 5 oz.