Originally Posted by SweetSilver
The center will start bulging upward. The question is, does it turn bitter first? I might harvest early. In my garden, I have found that Romaine types seem pretty heat tolerant. We don't eat a lot of lettuce, so that was a blessing when the hot weather arrived.
This time of year here we can still plant some kale and broccoli for the fall, perhaps more lettuce and cilantro (at least this year with such a long spring), but I know nothing about gardening in Minnesota. I'm in the Pacific NW.
Thank you so much for this reply - I also noticed it start to elongate - sometimes just asking the question helps me look a little deeper.
I'm excited to plant some more seeds, and I do love kale and chard, so I'm going to look into that.
Originally Posted by SuburbanHippie
I keep eating at least one piece of it daily to "feel it out." If I start to notice a tiny taste difference, I yank it out and eat it all as fast as possible. I've never been successful enough with romaine to end up with big pieces like at the grocery store. I usually clip it small and call it "baby romaine." lol. FWIW, my spinach has already bolted so I know my lettuce will be going REALLY soon.
I didn't even think of just tasting it - what a good idea! My garden has had such a slow start that it's a little disheartening to think of tearing out my whole (little) lettuce bed, but that may be what I have to do. I've had trouble with bunnies, but strangely! they don't bother the lettuce! - they've gotten the peas, the pansies, the chard...
Thank you so much for this reply. I too have never grown real big leaves on the lettuce, although chard and kale have gotten big for me.