Appalachia Gardening

Lettuce Reporters @ Large Update 2

fall garden plants

This year Sow True Seed graciously donated extra lettuce seed so that I could deputize @ Large Lettuce Reporters during the fall gardening period. There are 12 folks taking part in the lettuce reporting including me.

Here’s a short update from myself and another reporter @ large.



As you can see from the photos above my lettuce from the reporting project is doing great! I also planted some Sow True Seed Kale and it’s coming right along too.

My other report comes from Don Tomlinson:

I’m behind in reporting the results of my lettuce project as well as a few other things I’d intended to have done by now.  Anyway, back to the lettuce.  I’d never planted lettuce in the fall but figured it would be a welcome addition to our other greens. Long story short, I was a bit skeptical about planting it this late as I usually try to have mustard and turnips sowed by mid August. That being the case I only planted about half of each pkt. It came up pronto and was looking promising but when it was about 3 to 4 inches tall, a big doe and her yearling fawn wiped it out in one visit. Guess I’ll try again in the spring and put it in a cold frame with some chicken wire over it.

If you missed the details surrounding the lettuce reporting @ large project go here. And if you want to see the first update go here.


p.s. If you missed the hoopla-The Pressley Girls have their very first cd! Go here to get one!

You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    Marshall Reagan
    December 6, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    anyone who has a deer problem needs to either fence them out if possible or put a screen over the lettuce beds so that the deer can,t get to it. if they ever start you can either shoot them or try to fence them out.

  • Reply
    Ed Ammons
    December 6, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Sorry I didn’t get my lettuce report turned in in time. I made one but dog ate it so I have to make another one. Please don’t give me an F.

  • Reply
    b. Ruth
    December 6, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Great pictures of your crop of lettuce and Kale….There looks to be enough to make at least a small mess of “kilt lettuce”! Do you plant any Fall onions…Well if you didn’t one could chop some sweet yellows or Vidalia’s to go with that lettuce…Just lookin’ makes me want a new ‘mater and fresh lettuce sandwich with maybe some newly tendered fresh hog bacon….nothing like a BLT sandwich no matter what time of year it happens to be!
    Thanks Tipper,

  • Reply
    December 6, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I’m so glad you have 12 Reporters @ Large to inform us of how Sow True Seed keeps us abreast of Fall Gardening. Miss Cindy told me about Kale, so I went to Ingles and got some that didn’t have the jaggered edges, like Oak leaves. They were rounded, young, tender leaves, and with Kielbasa and onions chopped us, can’t be beat.
    I use to live in Skyland (South Asheville) in the 70’s and 80’s, before Sow True Seed was formed. And if my back would co-operate better, I’d still have a garden, cause I Love growing things. I think I got the Best Garden Spot in the country, cause it’s about 14″ in topsoil. …Ken

  • Reply
    December 6, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Dang! I have taken pictures, but I keep forgetting to send them to you. My two types of romaine are doing wonderfully!! I’ve had to cover them twice due to frost and probably will again this week. I left town for Thanksgiving, so I trimmed some of my plants to share with folks in FL. When I got back home the plants had already started to regrow 🙂
    I keep eating the larger leaves as I’m not sure how much longer the weather will permit growth and it is delicious. There is a difference in color and flavor the darker being slightly more bitter than the lighter green variety.
    I am so happy to know that I can grow lettuce in the fall in my area! Thank you for the opportunity 🙂
    Many blessings on your day

  • Reply
    Brian P. Blake
    December 6, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Lettuce pray that your crop is bountiful.

  • Reply
    December 6, 2017 at 9:22 am

    My lettuce won’t quit! The leaves are small, like an expensive micro green, but crunchy and tasty. Interested to see how the coming week with consecutive nights of freezing temps will affect it. A raccoon tried to move several bricks holding down the mesh cover, but gave up. Guess he didn’t like the feel of it on his paws.
    Chuckey, TN
    Zone 6

  • Reply
    Miss Cindy
    December 6, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Tip, I looked all through thru Sow True seed Catalog you gave me and it is truly a work of art. I have it on my coffee table and every time I pass by it makes me feel good, it’s so pretty. It’s also so chock full of information and includes photos of all the staff. Nice picture on the inside cover of Carol, the founder, I know her from exercise class at Asheville Pilates Studio…she is just as sweet as she looks!

  • Leave a Reply