Time to start planting outside!

Even though we have seen a lot of snow the last few days, the over all trend around here has been towards warmer weather.  The long term forecasts are saying we are going to have a fairly warm dry spring.  We are going to see highs in the 70’s by the weekend.   So it is time to get busy in the garden.

The first plants to go in the garden for 2012 are lettuce plants.  You will remember these came from starts that I got going in the basement about January 15th.

Any time I plant anything in the garden I mix in an inch or so of compost first.  This is especially true in the cold frames.  The beds the cold frames are on have 3 and some times even 4 crops in a year so it is very important to replenish the soil every time I plant.

I’ve been so busy that this post is a little bit of a catch up.  I actually got these plants in the ground on March 10th.  That’s a little bit later than I had originally planned.  I like to get my starts in the ground after about 6 weeks under the lights.  These were closer to 7 but were still really heathly and only a few seemed root bound and only moderately so.

We had a total of 16 starts to set out.  We hope to be able to start harvesting these plants for salads as early as April 15th.  This lettuce will keep us eating salads well into June!


  1. Liz March 22, 2012 4:58 am Reply

    I love having lettuce in the garden to go out and pick – its one of the things I find most valuable to grow.


  2. Jody March 22, 2012 8:28 am Reply

    You are going to have a great pay-off for seeding your lettuce early indoors. We only direct seeded two weeks ago. We’re going to have to wait a little longer for a harvest.


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