Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2014
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Growing and Using Culinary Herbs
On Saturday, June 21, from 10-11 a.m. learn how to grow and use culinary herbs in a lecture presented by 5 Points Communities and the UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County present a monthly gardening lecture series at the Pavilion Park Community Center. The Center is located at 194 Compass, Irvine, CA, near the intersection of Irvine Blvd and Ridge Valley. For more information visit

Clever Gardening Technique

Salvaging Slightly Bitter Lettuce
As lettuce starts to bolt (sending up its seed stalk) and leaves begin to feel leathery, taste a small piece before you harvest a bowlful, in case it's already turned too bitter for your taste. However, you can salvage slightly bitter lettuce with a double-washing process. Submerge lettuce leaves in water for half an hour in a container that allows space between leaves. In small handfuls, remove the lettuce to a strainer, making sure to removing mulch and other inedible bits you may have picked up when harvesting. Refill the soaking container with fresh water and place the lettuce back in. Let it soak for another half an hour. Place the lettuce in the strainer and give the individual leaves a final rinse. This double-soaking process helps displace the bitter element in the leaves, and crisps them as well. Set aside the portion you'll use for your salad, and gently place the remainder into one or two plastic bags and store in the refrigerator, with the plastic bag folded over so some air can still circulate. This lettuce should last up to a week in the refrigerator.

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