Late August is a great time to start your second round of lettuce since they prefer a cooler growing season. Lettuce varieties grow in five forms: bib, steam, iceberg, Romaine, and looseleaf. If you decide to go with a countertop garden - looseleaf should be your top choice with it being the most adaptable variety - you can cut what you need since it's the individual leaves you're harvesting.
Lettuce is a plant that's best started from seed and sown directly into your garden. Daily watering is a must to ensure proper germination. When harvesting your lettuce, it's best to pick the outer leaves near the bottom of the plant so your plant will continue to grow. If you are growing Romaine or Butterhead varieties - you'll need to wait for the entire head to be ready before harvesting.
Another popular choice for fall planting is herbs - and luckily for you OERTHER'S has some premade herb pots for sale you could be using for cooking over the next couple months! But, if you find our premade pots don't have the herbs you're looking for we still have a selection of individual herbs you can plant in a large planter. They'd do great on your back deck or, for easier access, on your kitchen counter. Also keep in mind that herbs are known as a natural way to repel pests in your garden!
In other store news, fall planted garlic is also going to be arriving here at OERTHER'S on September 15th. Mark your calendars since they fly off our shelves!