Lettuce Pickings!

The Black Simpson Elite lettuce is doing great!  So far we have plucked over a two pounds from the 12 lettuce plants.  The first round of lettuce came in around 6 ounces, the second round at 3.75 ounces, the third round a few days ago yielded 13 ounces, and the newest picking – today – weighed in at 1 pound 6.75 ounces!  The lettuce were starting to take over the area very well so I had to pick a lot more last time.

Lettuce from May 15th

Above the lettuce picked from May 15th that weighed 13 ounces.

Lettuce Garden - May 21 2009

The lettuce garden before picking on May 21st.

Lettuce Picked May 21, 2009

Lettuce picked on May 21.  The scale only shows 14 ounces because I couldn't fit it all in the bowl!  In total, there was 1 pound, 6.75 ounces picked.

Unfortunately, one of the 12 plants succumbed to some sort of disease or parasite.  I noticed on Sunday that it appeared the leaves were turning yellow and getting holes in them at the ground surface – and falling off the plant.  Yesterday I went out to look and the rest of all of the leaves were off and withered.  I had to still pull some of them from the main stem.  There were a whole bunch of rollie pollies making home under the lettuce – so I wonder if they are the culprit.  I sure hope not – otherwise that means they will get into the rest of them – just a matter of time.

The rest of the garden continues to grow and I'll have to post new pictures soon.  The peas have really taken off and the carrots have tripled in size.