Sunday, June 16, 2013

When Growing Lettuce, Don't Blink: What to Do with Overmature Lettuce

The seed packet says maturity in 30 days. Busy with visiting relatives in the past few days, I failed to notice how my lettuce mix suddenly bolted up!

Overmature lettuce leaves have a dark green color and a bitter taste. Their taste would be too strong for a fresh salad.  Luckily, we've already enjoyed some young leaves last week and there are still some young ones for salad in the next few days.



 When this does happen to your greens, fret not. They can still be put to good use.
I found this relatively  simple recipe for making compost ( with kids) .

 Cut up the greens into small pieces and place in a ziploc bag.

 Mix in with other materials such as coffee grounds.
Put a tablespoon of soil in the bag and mist with water so that the greens are wet but not soggy.

The mixture should be mixed daily and the bag should be opened for about 6 hours daily.
This is supposed to turn into compost in 2-8 weeks.
We'll see how it goes...

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