The big plastic crate in which I sowed all sorts of salad seeds, on 1st April, is yielding its first leaves now. The ones that have grown fastest are the Rocket and the Greek Cress. The slower-growing Lettuces are finding it hard to compete.
I'm cutting the biggest leaves first, to allow the smaller seedlings to get some light. Actually, I'm very pleased with the quality of leaves I'm getting. I find that Rocket is particularly vulnerable to damage by Flea Beetle, which makes its leaves very tatty, but these seem to be perfect. Perhaps the beetles didn't think to look in that crate!
Around the side of the house I have established a Salad Farm on the contraption that serves as my potting-bench, using any old containers I can lay my hands on:
There are a few each of four types of Lettuce: Green Oak Leaf, Valdor, Fristina and Delicato, and 12 individually-potted "Pancalieri" Endives (only 6 in the pictures - they won't all fit on the worktop).
I've just realised that according to Sod's Law, these are bound to be at their best at the time we head off on our holidays (12 June)! I'm not going to sow any more Lettuce seed until we get back from our holiday, because my Garden Helper team is going to have enough to do already, without having to tend to vulnerable little seedlings.
|Lettuce "Marvel of Four Seasons"