Gardening Magazine

The Salad Challenge

By Jules
I'd fully intended joining the 52 week salad challenge that was started over on VP's Veg Plotting blog back in January. I even thought I had a head start as I'd managed to germinate a few lettuce seeds (butterhead type) in the greenhouse in December. Smugly I transplanted the strongest 2 to small pots and waited for them to burst into growth so I could have my first salad by the end of January.

The salad challenge

note: reused label, thus date from last summer
And I waited, and I waited and then I waited some more. And then I realised that small pots of my own homemade compost might not contain the optimum nutrition required by these young plants. (Note to self: pay more attention in plant health and nutrition classes...)

As the weather had recently improved, I decided the time was right to send these little seedlings out into the big bad world to fend for themselves. So I planted them out into my salady/green leaves raised bed and topped them off with a cloche (yes, another one - I couldn't resist it/it was in the sale/I had a 20% discount code). It's a beautiful replica Victorian one and the lettuces seem to really be enjoying themselves in there...


The salad challenge
In the spaces around them I have sown some mixed salad leaf seeds that have performed very well for me in previous years - a mix of oak leaf, cos and something resembling mizuna.
The salad challenge
Meanwhile back in the greenhouse is a rather large tray of lettuce seedlings that I brought home from college last week. We're doing lots of practical sessions at the moment and did our 'seed sowing in containers' practice last month - of which this is my result. A conservative estimate puts around 200 seedlings in this tray - and they're still germinating. Maybe this year is my foray into commercial lettuce production?
The salad challengeseedlings as far as the eye can see...


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • January 5, 2012 (365 Day Photo Challenge)

    Just like it is a right-of-passage for every budding photographer in India to visit the Puskar Mela, it is equally obligatory for every new DLSR owner to take... Read more

    The 05 January 2012 by   Raghavmodi
    PHOTOGRAPHY
  • January 4, 2012 (365 Day Photo Challenge)

    Success!! It took me a handful of peanuts and 2 hours of patiently waiting to finally capture the squirrels. They took their time coming down from the tree whil... Read more

    The 04 January 2012 by   Raghavmodi
    PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Craft Garden January Challenge

    Hop on over to The Craft Garden for full details of this months challenge.Welcome to our first challenge of 2012. The birth flower of January is the carnation.... Read more

    The 02 January 2012 by   Rumtruffle
    ARTS & CRAFTS
  • January 17, 2012 (365 Day Photo Challenge)

    Managed to clean and re-organize my book cabinet today. Not many books, about 200, but then it seems DVDs end up taking more space in my house. Read more

    The 17 January 2012 by   Raghavmodi
    PHOTOGRAPHY
  • January 13, 2012 (365 Day Photo Challenge)

    13 days into the New Year and I finally get to hold my little princess. Here are the first few of many photographs of Saanvi that you are likely to see in this... Read more

    The 13 January 2012 by   Raghavmodi
    PHOTOGRAPHY
  • January 25, 2012 (365 Day Photo Challenge)

    I decided to keep a track of all the books I read and films that I see throughout the year.So, decided to use my über cool Star Wars Moleskine notebook for the... Read more

    The 26 January 2012 by   Raghavmodi
    PHOTOGRAPHY
  • January 19, 2012 (365 Day Photo Challenge)

    After yesterday's last minute photograph, I decided to take one today right in the morning. It's around 8 in the morning on a cold, cold, foggy winter morning... Read more

    The 20 January 2012 by   Raghavmodi
    PHOTOGRAPHY

Add a comment

Magazine