I planted my lettuce last night. Since lettuce likes it cool, I’d been keeping the seeds in the fridge (recommended by one of my gardening books). I planted them in the evening, so they’d have a cool
overnight before the day warms up.
I’m using a wooden planter, and I’m keeping it on the rear corner of my patio, which doesn’t get sun until mid-afternoon, as it’s on the west side of the house. I used soil-less planting mix, which I got at Lowes. I watered it first, so it would be cooler. I didn’t plant the seeds with any precision; I just sprinkled them on the surface then roughed up the surface a little bit with my small rake thingy (what do you call those?). Then I watered it again.
I’m using mesclun mix, so I should get some nice varieties of leaf lettuce. I’m going to plant another pot in two weeks, so I’ll have more lettuce maturing at a different time. I may plant a third pot, depending on how it goes, or I may just wait until these pots are close to exhausted and then plant them again.
On Saturday I paid $5.00 for two bags of organic lettuce – and that was on sale. My packet of seeds cost $1.49, and I should get a lot more than two bags from it! All the books say that lettuce is easy to grow; one says that if you’re only going to grow one crop, lettuce should be it. It’s certainly going to save me a lot of money at the store if it works out. Lettuce is one thing they didn’t seem to have at the farmers’ market either, except for romaine. I love salad. This is exciting.
I’m not sure what I’ll try next. I definitely want to grow peppers next summer, since they’re also expensive, but I could grow another cool weather crop. Hmmm.