I didn't overwinter as much as usual, so I won't have the massive flood of greens when the weather warms up like I did last year.
Here's most of what's been in the cold frame this winter. It's a new cold frame, slightly larger than the old one, and lighter weight. I need to fix a couple of things on it, but it's been OK this winter. Ground temperature inside the frame is typically 5-10 degrees F warmer than outside the frame. With some adjustments I can improve on that.
Per my notes, from top to bottom, two of each, they are:
Red Crisp Salanova - hard to see, blends in with the mulch
Green Butter Salanova
Truchas Romaine red romaine - hidden behind the Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo Romaine
Magenta - crisp lettuce
Starfighter - leaf lettuce
Red Sails - red leaf lettuce similar to Black Seed Simpson
Rouge d'Hiver romaine (red)
To the left of the Monte Carlo the little guy that looks like it might be a weed is Rocket Astro Arugula.
There's a bit of spinach out of sight to the left. It's survived, but not grown at all. Some appear to have died. Over the past few years I've determined that spinach doesn't do well overwintering like some other greens, despite its reputation as a cool weather crop. They also didn't get very big before the weather got cold, so they weren't as strong as the lettuce when the cold temperatures arrived.
These are some I've been growing indoors lately, but now outside for a day or two to get some real, sky-borne water, which they prefer to my well water, and a bit of hardening. They're obviously bigger than the lettuce that's been in the cold frame all winter, so maybe I'm stupid to even use a cold frame.
Post by desertwoman on Feb 27, 2021 12:49:51 GMT -5
Question to everyone- after you sow lettuce seed are your maturing plants growing from one seed or a cluster of 2 or more? I've always sown lightly and thinned/transplanted to one seedling, spaced appropriately . But at the nursery I've noticed that their lettuce starts are several seedlings per cell. Just curious what others do.
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I plant one seed per cell/pot, regardless of the size of the cell/pot. When I transplant them I don't like to disturb the roots any more than necessary. Does it matter? I dunno, but I've got plenty of pots of various sizes to do so.
Post by breezygardener on Feb 27, 2021 13:50:51 GMT -5
Absolutely gorgeous lettuce!!
The little arugula seedling reminds me of "Winter Cress", which one of our little independent farm stands here sells in large plastic bags all winter long. It's a very popular green down here, especially during the winter months since it grows right through the cold weather & is considered a bit of a greens "tonic". It's very peppery & quite a bit stronger than watercress.
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Breezy, I checked and it's actually Astro Arugula, which is early and heat tolerant per Johnny's. I can't remember why I switched, but it was probably because the seeds were old and I just wanted to try a new variety.
Yep, I've grown arugula through the winter, unprotected. I have a tiny seedling in another area which I planted way too late, but is still surviving. It's smaller than the one in the cold frame, and open to all of the elements, including temperatures near 20F, and yet it refuses to die.
I need to be starting some Little Gem soon. I usually direct sow all the lettuces, but I'd like some a little sooner. The current batch of hydroponic lettuce will go away soon, need the shelf space for tomatoes. I've only bought lettuce once all winter
davidjp, I didn't take any notes on salanova last year. I didn't plant any until late spring, and then it got too hot and everything bolted. I'll try to make some notes this year, but I'm having trouble getting my seeds from last year to germinate. They're pretty, which could make them good sellers.
The two on the far right are green salanova (all green, rounded leaves) and red crisp (very dark red, frilly leaves) salanova.
New lettuce in another section is abnormally pale and bolting, despite being only 2-3 inches tall. Lettuce in the same area is turning yellow, from the outside leaves inward. Somethin' ain't right. Pulled a soil sample. Called a lab. Waiting to hear about fees for extra tests - iron, magnesium, etc.