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Of Seeds and Seedlings Varieties of Lettuce, the Hardiness Map and planting out early

Of Seeds and Seedlings Varieties of Lettuce, the Hardiness Map and planting out early

The seed books are scattered throughout the house, pages dog eared and scraps of paper serving as bookmarks. Lists are made, scrutinized and made again. The compost is ready, the gardens are marked out carefully on graph paper. Perhaps the best of all is the seedling are up!

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This year I’ve decided to grow an entire bed of different lettuce. There are many varieties of lettuce. There are some particularly colorful varieties.  I think this is going to be a big seller, plus it insures we have salad every day. Along with my stand-bys of Little Gems and Tom Thumbs, I’m adding Red Romaine, Mascara, Merville Des Quatre, Rouge D’Hiver, Grandpa Admire’s, and Baby Oakleaf. I’m putting chervil and cilantro in there as well.  I think the colorful varieties will do well at the Farmer’s Market. I hope they do, I’m planting accordingly. This is seed from Restoration Seeds.

Lettuce Mascara

I think I’m going to plant out every four days, that should make for some continuous growth habits that will allow me to be harvesting every few days.

I almost forgot, I’m adding some Asian greens as well. Purple Choi, Manoa and Dwarf Pak Choy called Toy Choy. These are Asian Greens. This isn’t lettuce, but it’s going in the lettuce bed nonetheless. I get my Asian varieties from Kitazawa Seed Co.out of Oakland, CA. That address is kitazawaseed.com they have a great catalog.

Toy Choy, extra dwarf pak choi

Toy Choy, extra dwarf pak choi

Baker Creek Seeds had another stunning catalog this year. I do believe I’m sending their baby to college with the seed money I spend with them. = ) They are at rareseeds.com This is where I got the seed for my favorite melons last year, Rich Sweetness and Vert Grimpant.

The Heirloom Life Gardener

The Heirloom Life Gardener by Jere and Emilee Gettle, with Meghan Sutherland

Our last day for frost is March 12, last year I waited until the 17th to plant out. This year, I’m taking a walk on the wild side, planting out now. I’m pushing the boundaries of the hardiness map just a bit. The soil has been consistently 65. I’m keeping back seedlings in case the North winds blow, but I’m going for it with at least one bed. Shadow or no shadow!

Pushing the hardiness map boundaries this year. Will it work?

Pushing the hardiness map boundaries this year. Will it work?

So, I’ll let you know how that turns out.

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