Welcoming Spring A Little Early


| 2/20/2014 11:30:00 AM


Tags: Seed Sowing, Spring, Growing Lettuce, Growing Greens, Greenhouse Seed Starting, Hoop House, Susan Berry,

Life on Itzy Bitzy FarmSpring is just around the corner, but, in the hopes of nudging it in a little sooner, I have started some seeds earlier than usual. Because of this, I have some nice lettuce varieties thriving in the greenhouse. In about another week, I should be able to harvest enough right out of the seed tray to make a nice salad. Granted I don't have my own cukes or tomatoes, but who cares with those sweet tender green leaves staring up at me from the salad plate.

lettuce

We can wait until March or April to start seeds and only grow summer veggies, but WHY???

Start seeds in January. Not warm weather veggies but cold weather veggies, like this Farmers Blend leaf lettuce in the photo above. As you can see by my photos, I simply broadcast sow my lettuce and leafy greens seeds in the tray that I have filled with seed starting soil. Because leaf lettuce and leafy greens do not need space to form heads like romaine lettuce or iceberg, they can be sprinkled over the soil and allowed to grow in the green house until 4 to 6 inches tall. When the night temps have stayed steady above freezing, they can be transplanted into raised beds and allowed to continue growing all spring.

lettuces

This Oak Leaf lettuce is a great leafy lettuce that grows quickly and transplants easily into raised beds. I remove a 2-inch-square clump of seedlings with dirt intact around roots and plant into the raised bed. After they have set their roots, I thin the seedlings by pulling out a few of them, leaving others with some space between them. This gives me another salad of baby greens and the seedlings in the bed grow into large leaf lettuce.

nebraskadave
2/27/2014 2:29:39 PM

Susan, looks like you are off to a good start for this year. Here in Nebraska, we are still in the deep freeze. Two to three more days of night time temperatures below zero. It's been a nasty cold winter here and I'm looking forward to Spring. The Farmer's Almanac says it will be a cold and wet Spring like last year. I do have some seeds sprouting and hope to start more in another month. It's hard to guess when to start the seeds with this crazy weather pattern we are in. ***** Have a great Spring leafy greens salad day.





mother earth news fair

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Feb. 17-18, 2018
Belton, Texas

More than 150 workshops, great deals from more than 200 exhibitors, off-stage demos, inspirational keynotes, and great food!

LEARN MORE