Thursday, March 7, 2013

47 Different Pesticides in Lettuce - Buy Organic or Grow Your Own

"90% of lettuce tests positive for 47 different pesticides and 57 different chemical residues." That's because (non-organic) plants aren't just sprayed with pesticides… they soak up pesticides. No amount of washing will remove substances embedded in their tissues. BUY ORGANIC -- better yet, buy organic from local farmers whose growing practices you can see for yourself. Another thing you can do is to grow your own lettuce. You can grow lettuce in a shady spot on your balcony in a planter. Lettuce will grow in as little as 4 inches of dirt.

Growing lettuce is great to do with kids, because it’s so easy to grow and it grows so quickly. Lettuce goes from seed to baby greens in 5-6 weeks, and seed to salad bowl in 6-8 weeks.

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Lettuce is grown mainly for its leaves, although the stems are used as well in Chinese cooking.
As long as it gets regular water, lettuce can thrive in trays as shallow as 4” (10 cm), and pots of any kind, so it’s a great plant for container vegetable gardening.
Because it grows so quickly, lettuce, like spinach, is an ideal short-season vegetable to interplant between long-season vegetables like peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower.
Looseleaf and butterhead lettuce varieties can be grown in cut- and- come-again beds, where the plants are clipped off an inch from the ground and the stumps regenerate to give you a second cutting a couple weeks later.

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