Monday, March 15, 2010

Salad planter for your porch

I’m lovin daylight saving time. I just came in from planting lettuce at 8:00. I just planted a strawberry jar with some spinach, mesclun mix lettuce, and some leaf lettuce. I started with an 18” plastic strawberry jar
with 12 holes around the sides. I drilled 4 holes ½” in the bottom. Then I filled it with dirt to the first set of holes in the side. Use a high quality soil, I prefer Fafard Complete potting mix with fertilizer and water trainer. I then put a plant in each hole and filled in the rest of the hole with straw. The straw keeps the loose dirt from washing out when you water it; you can use pine needles, rotted leaves or what ever you have around to hold the dirt in. I add more dirt and repeated the process for the 2nd and 3rd row. I like to stop about half way with the dirt and water it in good until water runs out the bottom holes. Sometimes it is hard to get a strawberry jar watered well to the bottom the first time. When I get to the top, I plant two plants to the outside edge of the large top opening. I like to put a little straw around those plant also to keep the dirt from splashing on the lettuce and it will also hold in moisture. Putting lettuce in a planter or pot on your deck or close by your house will make it more convenient to pick a few leaves for a salad or to go on a sandwich.

Our broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, red & green leaf lettuce, spinach, collards, and mesclun mix lettuce has been out of the greenhouse since March 5, and is ready to sell and plant now. The price is the same as last year, $1.50/4-pack- $13.50 a flat for all the same or mix and match 4-packs in a flat for $15.00/flat. Romaine lettuce, buttercrunch lettuce, great lakes lettuce, brussels sprouts, and swiss chard will be ready in a couple of weeks.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Pansy sale

We have some beautiful blooming pansies on sale - $10.00/flat till March 20th.