Heat Wave, Baby

It’s hot. Damn hot. And it’s just gonna’ get hotter.

The lettuce? It’s unhappy. (So are the kittens and humans, for that matter.) Anyhoo, it’s time to yank the spring mix and replace them with the summer mix.

Traditional gardening wisdom says that lettuce is a spring crop. And it is, but POD’s had decent luck planting heat-resistant varieties that provide yields throughout most of the summer. It’s best to position your lettuce container in an area that receives limited mid-day sun. Water daily. Maybe even twice daily. And that, dear gardeners, should keep you in salad all summer long.

Lettuce Trees
Lettuce Trees

Seeds

Summer Lettuce Planted
The Future of Lettuce
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Move It and Use It

With limited space for plants on deck, it was time to sacrifice the lovely chard and give the delightful Minnesota Midgets a little more breathing room. Midgets are an excellent choice for container gardens — the soft-ball sized fruits are sweet and juicy and can handle the limited space. Three vines are currently creeping their way up a hand-trussed bamboo trellis.

Minnesota Midget
Minnesota Midget

While it may seem nothing short of insane  to grow muskmelons (cantaloupes) in a five-gallon bucket on a roof deck garden, they worked pretty well last year — despite misfires at the transplanting stage. Melon Growing Tip: if your climate is warm enough,  don’t transplant your melons. They germinate quickly if you wait until the weather has thoroughly warmed.

Thus far, blossoms abound and the deeply-rooted space-hogging chard has been replaced by a shallow-rooted summer lettuce.

Goodbye chard.

the end of chard
the end of chard