By Guina Hammond
Program Manager, Gardener Engagement
Growing your own food can be therapeutic and very satisfying. Even more satisfying is harvesting and eating the home-grown vegetables you have so lovingly tended. Many gardeners are growing vegetables at home, and in community gardens, for the first time. Unfortunately, food is often wasted because it is not harvested at the proper time.
When planting, be sure not to plant all of your lettuce seeds at once since all the crops will mature at the same time and you will end up with more lettuce than you can possibly eat! Tend to your garden daily so that you are aware of mature crops that are ready to pick.
Here are a few tips to help you harvest your lettuce heads at the correct time:
"Lettuce" Now Share The Harvest!
Take extra care not to waste food — especially in times when food insecurity is prevalent. If you have more food growing that you and your family can use, consider sharing it with others in your community or with a local food cupboard. Check out PHS Harvest 2020 to learn ways that you can share your bounty.
Create access to fresh food through at-home food gardening. Learn how PHS is promoting this practice through our Community Gardens program.