The CDC told consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce they may already have purchased. Restaurants should not serve it, stores should not sell it, and people should not buy it, no matter where or when the lettuce was grown. It doesn’t matter if it is chopped, whole head or part of a mix. All romaine should be avoided.
The CDC alert, issued just two days before Americans sit down for their Thanksgiving dinners, reported that 32 people in 11 states have become sick from eating contaminated romaine. Of those, 13 have been hospitalized, with one patient suffering from a form of kidney failure. The Public Health Agency of Canada has reported 18 people infected with the same strain of E. coli.
Post by pepperhead212 on Nov 23, 2018 11:32:01 GMT -5
binnylou I usually have leaf lettuce under the lights ready to harvest in 25 days after planting the seeds. And eventually, just 2 plants puts out more than I can use, but I keep cutting it anyway. Friends come over, and I often give them the bag of lettuce in the fridge.
My grow lights are idle......I'm thinking I should start some lettuce. Romaine takes quite a while to get big enough to eat, maybe I'll invest in some leaf lettuce seeds.
This is the time of year when my grow lights are most active. Starting seedlings for the winter garden, and eventually, seedlings for spring planting.
I've got about 15 or 20 seedlings of various types in the ground, and about 10 under the lights. I'll take the covers off the ones outside today since it will get above freezing, and it's going to rain.
If you're just growing seedlings for transplants you don't need full spectrum lights. The red band is more for helping to set blossoms/fruit, which isn't applicable for seedlings (typically these are some sort of sodium bulb). So if you're just growing some seedlings for transplant, you can use lights which are somewhat deficient in the red and infrared portion of the spectrum, and probably less expensive as well. But if you want those plants to set blossoms and fruit, you'll need full spectrum.
Post by pepperhead212 on Nov 24, 2018 19:00:28 GMT -5
Remember that many plants have evolved to grow in the shade, thus the full sun is not necessary. While they grow lettuces in full sun in commercial settings, it seems to do better with shade, at least in my garden. So the lower lighting of the grow lights doesn't seem to bother mine.
I planted one pot of that unknown "saved seed" (it was in a mix, and grew longerbinto the summer the last two years, than even Black Seeded Simpson) of mine, which grew great indoors last year, and a BSS, to see how it does indoors.