Lettuce flowers, pod development & seed collection

Lettuce flowers in bloom
Lettuce flowers in bloom
Lettuce seed ready to collect
Lettuce seed ready to collect
Collected lettuce seed
Collected lettuce seed

I’m not one to harvest lettuce seed for reuse, as I like to try out new varieties but I have been curious about how the flowers look, and how the seeds develop so I let some go to seed.

It took weeks before I caught some flowers actually open. Most of the day the flowers are tightly closed. Since I never saw any flowers open I was beginning to think that they never really opened.

Conveniently I had one plant with open blooms and another with fully formed seed heads at the same time for the photographs.

The seed head I pulled the seeds from contained 18 seeds. One plant going to seed would be more than enough to supply for any garden the next year.

Easiest way to power clean a shower

In a departure from my normal posts I’ve got to share this, cause it is awesome.

I avoid cleaning the shower at all costs because it is such a workout, takes forever, and it’s the last thing I want to do on a weekend. I won’t go into details of how gross it used to be; it’s sparkling now. That’s what matters, right? I love power tools.

First get a power drill brush attachment like the Chemical Guys drill brush attachment. It’s under $10, and worth every penny.

If you don’t have a drill, I have the Porter Cable 20v Lithium with two batteries and love it. The batteries charge very quickly and there are two so you never have to stop what you’re doing to wait for your battery to charge. It’s handled everything I’ve used it for with ease.

I mix up a paste with baking powder, a little dish soap, and enough water to make it loose. Then spray down your walls and tub with water first, dip the brush in the paste, and start power scrubbing with ease. It’s still a bit of a workout, but it is far easier with faster results than doing it by hand, and you don’t have to use any harsh chemicals to get nice results.

2016 Onion Crop

Back in February I started two types of onions, Ruby Red & Cortland. I started them in small 4″ containers in a flat to see how well they would grow given the limited root space.

Along the way I harvested a few here and there, but left them alone to grow for the most part. Both varieties are listed as 110 day varieties, but they took a bit longer to grow. Around 130 days I think they peaked in size.  Last week I noticed flower stalks coming up, that was at 200 days. I was expecting the tops to yellow like every other article on growing onions states will happen, but they never yellowed.

I’m not bothered that they went to seed before the tops yellowed. To be honest, I don’t think the weather here in San Francisco lends to predictable responses like that. I’ve preferred to use the fresh onions right from the ground.

I don’t know if they would have cured properly or not if I just cut off the roots and let them dry out, so I just chopped everything up for the freezer.

It wasn’t the greatest harvest, but for the space it occupied, it was totally worthwhile, and I will be growing some more next year.

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