Anyway, on to my real topic of discussion - my lettuce. From late March to early September there is always a tray or plug flat of lettuce babies under my lights. This allows me to have a continuous supply of prime seedlings to plant in patterns, along the bed edges, under my bean teepees and trellises, in pots, wherever!! I love mixing and matching the many colours and textures of lettuce like the deep crimson, frilly edged leaves of Outredgeous with a bright green butterhead. Scroll down and check out the progress on my current lettuce checkerboard.. I could have made a whole 4 by 10 foot bed in this pattern.. but let's be honest, do I really need 50+ lettuce plants ready at once? Nope! I'd rather have about 20 so I don't waste any homegrown goodness.. this patch will last for at least 5 to 6 more weeks.. longer, if I cover the bed with a 30% shade cloth to block some of the summer sun..
|Well hello, Miss Kim!|
|Planting my lettuce babies weeks ago..|
|Done - bed planted.. do you see the potential?|
|Two weeks after planting.. they're starting to grow together!!|
|Today - they're almost a checkerboard (with a bush basil border|
in front) and a pole bean teepee behind. Sorry about the
bright lighting.. I thought it would still be shaded so early
in the morning! I've started to pick these tender lettuces.
|Close up! A crunchy butterhead..|
|And Outredgeous.. the light has washed out|
the intense, deep red hue. But you
can see the unique ruffled leaves.
|Totally off topic, but check out this cool|
mint.. This will be fab on my deck in a pot!