It's not quite 2019 yet, but these were all started in September 2018 or later, and won't be harvested until 2019. This is part of my winter garden. I need to get some more leaves out and do a little weeding, but you can see most of them. The dark ones, especially Thurinus, can be hard to see, and the little green ones might get confused with the little weeds, but you get the idea.
I start 2-4 seedlings in the basement every couple of weeks with a heating mat and a grow light. The basement is cool, and I take them outside to let them harden a bit whenever I can. I never start more than two of any variety at a time, so that even within a variety they're staggered by age/size. When they're big enough I transplant them outside.
They grow slow due to ground temperature, but they do grow.
A winter garden is definitely possible around here, and a nice homegrown salad in February is a treat.
Baby Thurinus romaine, maybe the size of your fist
Left to right: Coastal Star romaine (bolting in lower left), Red Sails, Sparx romaine, Cherokee (dark red), Simpson, Red Kitten.
Post by pepperhead212 on Dec 22, 2018 0:34:36 GMT -5
Here is the lettuce getting ready to take off, along with a number of other greens and herbs.
Here is that lettuce that I don't know the name of, as it was in a mix, but it was the absolute longest growing in '17, and again in 18, so both times I saved the seeds, which I had never done before with lettuce (and now I know why!). IMG_20181220_145119253_HDR by pepperhead212, on Flickr
reuben 's, and pepperhead212 's pictures and tom 's's harvests already, has me getting antsy to start some romaine or something pretty soon...
I don't have a cold weather set up right now so I need to wait til Spring to plant out... I'm hoping to time the seed starting right so I don't end up baby-sitting a bunch of flats of plants for longer than need be...
I have leftover romaine seed from last year and hope that will germinate for me... I would imagine so... I'm trying not to buy any more seeds...
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Per Johnny's and other sites it can be harvested as baby romaine or as full heads, but, well, isn't that true of everything? I haven't found any mention of it growing back after being cut anywhere.
I'm not real happy with the Sparx romaine I've been growing the last couple of years, so I'm looking for another green romaine. Monte Carlo and the standard Parris Island are also in the running, but I probably won't be growing Monte Carlo this year.