Saturday, March 10, 2012

Looking forward to lettuce

These are the new lettuce sprouts. There's romaine and escarole. My plan is to keep one of each of the two plants per container. When they're big enough, I'll plant them outdoors under a cold frame (in case of frost). I'm hopeful that we'll have lettuce to eat in May.

One of two trays of little lettuce sprouts.

After these get planted, I'll put some more seeds in these containers to get a second crop going. Let's hope that we don't have any more hard freezes!

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  1. I cheated. Seedlings of a variety I particularly like (Merveille de 4 saisons) were advertised at Point Vert so I bought a punnet of 24 plugs.

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  2. We are going to cheat with the first lot as well!!
    But it is great seeing these little seedlings climbing out of the soil... even if it is indoors.

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  3. They look so tiny and tender now. But it won't be long before they are large enough to join you at the table, with some nice vinaigrette.

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  4. Ooh, to have sun-filled windows available to start seedlings! And such a wonderful garden plot waiting for them. I am so jealous. (DEER - UGH!)

    Mary in Oregon

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  5. susan, I saw some beautiful seedlings at Gamm Vert, but resisted since I have a ton of seeds.

    tim, we'll probably cheat this year with tomatoes since we'll be away from the house during seedling time.

    carolyn, I'm looking forward to that!

    judy, did you grow beans in milk cartons when you were a kid?

    mary, our yard is fenced so the deer can't come in.

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  6. Oh my, I really need to get started. Don't know if I'll be growing lettuce, but I'm pretty sure I'll have radishes and some carrots this year, as well as my tomatoes, cucumbers, and courgettes. I've got my boxes in place, waiting for delivery of the good dirt, which was supposed to have been delivered already. And I don't really have a place to start seedlings, so I will have to buy young plants....Time to dig out my plot plans.

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    1. Have fun! I wish we had good dirt, but we're on rocky clay (vineyard territory). We've been adding compost to the garden plots for years now.

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  7. I remember growing greens just like this; it made me smile to see these little seedlings. I hope your crop is a good one.

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    1. michael, thanks! So do I. We had some good lettuces last year, but I had planted the seeds directly in the ground and slugs got to a lot of the seedlings before they grew up.

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