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At Least There’s Tons of Zucchini…

At Least There’s Tons of Zucchini…

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Beth @ Beth's Journey

    Ugh that’s so frustrating about the lettuce! I’m super impressed with all your tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini though! I wish I had a backyard…

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It is frustrating–especially because I had no idea what was going on. I wish the lettuce had continued to flourish because we got spoiled eating fresh lettuce!


    Hi Lisa, GRRR indeed!!! Sorry ’bout the lettuce, but VERY excited for the rest of your harvest. Can’t wait to see what you do with it all when it ripens! Home grown veggies are the BEST. Have a great day.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      The plan for the tomatoes is to can a bunch. A friend and I are going to make spaghetti sauce to can and salsa!

  3. Donna

    Your salad looks delicious! I want to take a fork to my screen!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It’s a great dinner when you want something filling and easy to make.

  4. Lisa

    Unfortunately, bolting lettuce can’t really be avoided. You didn’t do anything wrong. You should definitely pull the plants and replant. The good news is that lettuce is pretty cold hardy, so you should have time to grow new plants. Lettuce usually bolts after producing for 3 or 4 months or if the weather gets too hot. Since I live in Missouri and the summers regularly reach over 100 degrees, I only grow lettuce in the spring and fall when it is cooler. All of the lettuce I have tried to grow in the summer always bolts really fast. Unlike tomatoes, zucchini, and peppers, lettuce really does best in cool weather below 80 degrees. I know a lot of pro gardeners that plant new lettuce every 2 or 3 weeks so that they always have a constant supply. If one group of lettuce bolts, there is always more that they planted later that is still good to go. Keep up the garden posts! Growing your own veggies is so much fun. 🙂
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thank you Lisa! I am so new to this gardening stuff and most of it is a mystery. The fact that I’ve managed to grow ANYTHING is a miracle. I plan on planting some more lettuce plants in the next week or two. I want more lettuce!

  5. kalin

    I grow basil every summer and it always wants to bolt. when it gets hot (like it FINALLY did!) you have to watch-once it’s bolted once you know what it looks like (I thought my basil was just growing extra well the first time it happened! it was so tall and healthy!) and on basil at least you can pull off the parts that are bolting. it does it when it’s really hot, so when the temperature goes up is when you’ve gotta watch it. it’ll go from fine to crazy pretty quick!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      How do you know when the basil is bolting? I go out there every few days and pluck off the white flowers.

      1. kalin

        the white flowers are the bolting. if you watch you can see the start of the bolt before the flowers. i pinch them off by going down to the first set of leaves right below where they wanna bolt-most of the time that keeps the bolting in check (because if the plants are bolting they’re focusing on growing flowers, and i want them to focus on growing ME more delicious basil! stopping it earlier = more basil!)
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        1. Lisa Eirene

          Good to know. I’ve been ripping off the white flowers.

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