The first of August, or perhaps last week of July, I posted an article on regrowing Romaine Lettuce and promised you an update. Here it is.
Now I remember. It had been a few years since I had done this, but the second week of August I cut off the top of some Romaine Lettuce and stuck it into water to grow. It grew great the first two weeks. Then, I put it in soil and gradually it began to get spindly and finally during the first week of September, it bit the dust. Perhaps the solution is to eat the leaves when it is only about five inches tall and call it "gourmet baby lettuce."
Now it looks like the one I started a week later in August is headed down the same path. I may try it again, but this time leave it in the water. Several years ago I tried this with celery and it grew so well that I transplanted it into the Garden where it grew really well and I harvested off it for over two months.
I have successfully grown sweet potatoes for several years. I decided to try my luck at growing potatoes that unlike sweet potatoes, belong to the nightshade family. [Many folks don't know this but the leaves of the sweet potato can be eaten as a fresh or cooked green but don't try this with other potatoes as they are member of the nightshade family!]
I followed the rules and ordered seed potatoes from a seed catalog. No only were they late in coming (took a month), they were rotten! So I went to the grocery store and bought 1.5 pounds of small red potatoes and 1.5 pounds of Irish Gold potatoes.
I planted them about 10 days ago which is past the last date for planting potatoes in our area for a fall garden a that date is usually not past August 1. Five days after planting the red potatoes germinated. The small Irish Gold potatoes have get to germinate. [Note: one of the reasons to order seed potatoes is that you can be guaranteed they haven't been treated with anti-sprouting chemicals which some of those found in grocery stores have been.