Post by golddustpeak on Dec 29, 2021 15:58:07 GMT -5
I have two AG gardens with black-eyed Simpson lettuce using the prescribed AG neuts..
My wife is complaining that some is getting bitter after 45 days.
In another posting lynee posted "From the AG blog:
How long do plants typically last in an AeroGarden?
Growing in an AeroGarden is similar to growing plants in any environment. Plants have a lifespan and a life cycle as they grow and mature. The type of plant you are growing and the tending and harvesting it receives will impact the life expectancy of any plant.
Flower varieties typically grow for 4-5 months and can last much longer depending on tending and care.
Lettuces & Greens typically grow for about 4 months.
Herbs typically grow for about 3-4 months and can last 6 months or more. Some herbs, such as basil, can last longer than that, especially with regular pruning and harvesting.
Fruiting vegetable plants (such as tomatoes or peppers) will start to flower and set fruit after they reach a level of maturity. The average lifespan for fruiting vegetables is about 12 months. With continued tending and care, fruiting vegetables can certainly maintain plant growth for longer."
golddustpeak, Lettuce grows for 3-4 months for me, when I use the AG-recommended method. That is, harvest up to 1/3 of a plant at one time, then harvest again after the lettuce grows back. Feeding the lettuce with the AG recommended level of nutrients works fine, but I do a rinse and refill every 2 weeks after the first month.
When the lettuce starts to flower ("bolt"), it is time to remove the plant(s) and start a new garden. The lettuce on the plants is edible after the flowering begins, but it doesn't taste as good.
Lettuce germinates and grows so quickly, my already harvested lettuce keeps in the fridge in a ziploc bag until the next crop is ready. I mainly use only a few leaves at a time in sandwiches.
My favorite AG lettuce is "Salad Greens", Red Leaf Lettuce, or Romaine. The Black Seeded Simpson grows as well as the rest, but isn't my first choice.
I personally only let lettuce go for three maybe four cuttings. Then I start over. However let me ask you this ... When you harvest and/or cut the greens, is it the day of of within two days of feeding? The nutes can cause them to be bitter and you should cut prior to feeding or wait a few day and cut after.
This and more can be found in the "sticky" threads at the top of the Greens Board.