Today I am posting in honor of "You Can Grow That Day," a new group I have joined on Facebook. On the 4th of each month, garden bloggers will be posting about something that you can grow in your garden.
So, here goes!
In honor of the first mass posting, I am choosing lettuce and greens.
We are getting really close to sowing lettuce seeds at my house. I am in zone 6b (old zones, not sure if I'm the same) and I typically direct sow seeds in mid-March.
I must be honest and tell you that I first did lettuce seeds in containers and it worked beautifully. Really, you can grow lettuce anywhere and containers are perfect as well. We love fresh salad greens at my house, so I buy a few packets of different varieties and go to town. If you're a novice gardener, start out with a container with some potting mix.
Here we are sowing last year. My kids like to help...
Once you have sown your seeds in the ground or the container, water them if needed and wait for them to sprout and grow. You may need to think the seedlings a bit so they won't be crowded, but I typically am a bit lazy and don't worry about that and let them grow right next to each other.
By the end of April or so, you should have some lettuce leaves big enough to eat. You can harvest them by taking a bit of each plant (so it will continue to grow).....or you can chop off the whole plant and use all of the leaves on one plant.
I bought an inexpensive salad spinner at IKEA to clean up my leaves.
One of the great things about growing a cooler weather crop like lettuce is that it's not going to last into the hot summer. Just in time to plant something like tomatoes!! Lettuce will go to seed when it gets too warm, so you can pull it up and plant a warm weather crop. Spinach is another cool weather green that you can plant soon.
My recommendation? Plant more than you think you will want! Lettuce? Spinach? No need to buy it in the store in the springtime.....you can grow that.