On December 9 (click on link and scroll down) I wrote about placing my container grown lettuce under grow lights. They were doing very well and ready for harvest. But because I was having company decided to wait until company arrive to harvest and make a salad of homegrown lettuce as part of the Christmas meal.
Unfortunately I was out-of-town for a few days and when I returned was really busy and completely forgot to water the lettuce. As you can see from the photo below, I lost just about all.
Container Lettuce – only the one at the upper right hand corner was usable
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While cleaning up the garden in November, I found some volunteer lettuce seedlings (one of the lettuce plants had gone to seed). No idea about the variety.
Knowing they will not make it through the winter, I transplanted them into a window box. They were growing but very, very slowly. Decided to place them under the grow lights. All the seedlings were obviously happy as they grew extremely well but lost their red color.
Lettuce after 3 weeks under grow lights
Harvested the outer leaves, total weight ½+ pounds. Combined with radicchio in the fridge (harvested in late October) to make a huge bowl of salad, delicious.
After harvesting. I also sprinkled a few oak leaf and Forellenschluss lettuce seeds in the bare spots between the plants. Will see how well they germinate and grow. The few leggy plants in the box are seedlings that were growing under the larger plants (I think they are from seeds that were in the soil). Now that they are seeing the light and have space they should fill out nicely.
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The scallion stubs (click on link and scroll down) I planted are also doing well under the grow lights. Already harvested the outer blades 3 times.
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Decided to experiment with growing spinach under light also. Sowed 3 varieties in 3 different containers. Most of the seeds germinated. Will monitor their growth and make sure I remember to water and fertilize.
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