Friday, February 17, 2012
Lettuce See What Grows -Botanical Interests
I need a little Spring, not that our winter has been horrific, in fact, it's not been too bad at all. But it's still winter. I don't have a nice greenhouse (yet) or a good place to start seeds with hanging lights and great tiered tables to watch pretty little seedlings emerge. What I do have is a great sunny area in the breakfast area of our kitchen.
We never put a table there, silly when it's next to the large breakfast bar and dining room table, so my husband set up a makeshift table constructed from sawhorses and a long board which I covered with a table cloth. I found a cute little lettuce seed starter set at Dollar General. I didn't want their seeds, just the pot because it was a perfect size. I did use their potting mix since it was included.
I sprinkled Botanical Interests Lettuce Mesclun mixture in it, gave it a drink now and again. My seedlings poked through within a few short days. They are small now but I hope to have a little salad bar in the window. Of course these are only a few seeds, the rest will go outside later.
I also have some marjoram started from the same seed company. I'm going to see which ones take off and then thin it out. We typically substitute marjoram for oregano due to it's sweeter, milder flavor so I like to keep it handy too.
He's thinking about building some cabinets into this area and topping it with a nice tiled surface so I can keep plants on top and still have storage beneath for larger things such as the canners or other large pots.
Well, it's Friday and little Taylor is staying with us this weekend, recovering from some foot surgery, poor thing. I hope your weekend is off to a great start and hopefully I'll share some lettuce photos in the coming weeks, unless we eat it first! :)