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Who can resist flashy trout’s back?

By Penny Stine

I said that I wouldn’t bother trying to grow lettuce again, since almost every type of lettuce I’ve ever grown tastes bitter and faintly soap-like.
But with a name like flashy trout’s back, how could I resist?

Look at the tiny little leaves - it’s no wonder how it got it’s name.

According to the seed catalog, this lettuce is considered a prized variety in its native Austria.

I’m acting on a hunch this year that the reason the lettuce I grow tastes vile is due to the way I water and not the heat. I usually water the various zones in my yard about once every three or four days, which is fine for grass and trees. I suspect that many vegetables would taste better if I watered more frequently, but for shorter durations.
Since I have mini-gardens (as well as lawn, trees and other plants) spread out in all four irrigation zones, I’m not going to test my hypothesis all over the yard, but I am going to test it in my smallest zone, which only incorporates a small lawn area and a much larger garden area. I put all of the lettuce in that garden and am planning on watering for about 5 − 10 minutes every other day or every day, depending on what’s happening with the weather.
We’ll see if I get sweeter tasting lettuce.

As you can see, the lettuce is still pretty small. It’s growing quite rapidly, however, which is always rewarding to see.  


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