Some good work in the back planting those nice plants I bought a few days ago.
First I scraped all the old debris off the double bed- all the decayed bean leaves and old mulch. Then I topped off the beds with some fresh potting soil after I worked the soil a bit. Then it was just a matter transplanting the plants. The little gem romaine took some doing, some of the leaves were a little wonky and one of the plants was actually three plants so I sacrificed two for the least wonky one.
The red lettuce was real nice. One plant per pot- all well developed no spots or bugs. Gotta love it.
I also sowed the neighboring bed with seeds. Arugula and Swiss chard seeds, which I will thin as needed later.
Since the romaine sets are so dodgy I also got a small coir pot greenhouse and sowed some romaine seeds.
You start with this and add water, which turns into this:
And then you rip the tops off a little and press a seed into each little pot.
And then you put it in your waiting greenhouse!
Basically this way- even if the 6 romaine lettuces fail I’ll have something to transplant.
Which leads to the possibility that everything will succeed which means I’ll be scrambling to find a ton of pots to put lettuce in.
But hey- it’s romaine! It’s tasty and nutritious! And if you grow it yourself you aren’t risking salmonella or E. coli scares like when you buy it.
I mean- unless you have really unhygienic growing practices.
So to recap: grow your own romaine! But like, wash your hands first…