This time of year you are not thinking of planting and growing a garden full of vegetables. But just because the cooler weather is coming doesn't mean you can't grow a salad full of fresh lettuce in a garden pot indoors.
Who doesn't like fresh lettuce year round. Well growing your own in a flowerpot indoors is so easy. Start by selecting the correct garden pot to grow in. We suggest a garden bowl. A pot that is wider than higher. It can be round or rectangle that doesn't matter. What matters is the depth of the planter. Try to keep it 6" deep or so. What you are growing has short roots and doesn't need a need flowerpot full of potting soil.
Next let's talk soil. Use a new good quality potting mix that is loose and drains well. Never use old potting soil from a garden plant. Old soil can have bacteria, bugs and worse living in it and it is never recommended. Remember that your potting soil doesn't have fertilizer so add your own when planting.
Choosing salad types. Of course your main focus is lettuce. There are many types to choose from. Romaine, Looseleaf, butterhead, spinach, swiss chard and more. If you want to grow complimentary items you can just use a separate container. You can grow herbs, onions, chives, basil. You can choose to start from seed packets or purchase young plants at the local garden center.
Keep your pots in a sunny spot that receives a few hours of direct sunlight during the day. Keep the soil slightly moist but not wet. Just check to see how much water you will need. It is not necessary to water ever day.
In 30 days you can start to harvest the pottedlettuce. Pick leaves when you need them letting the lettuce plants rest and regrow as necessary. No rules to follow just go with your instincts.
This is a easy project and should be a fun one for you to try.
Growing delicious fresh lettuce right in your own backyard garden planters or garden bowls, is easy and fun to do. Now is the time to be doing it because the weather is cooler and fall has arrived. Of course you can plant in decorative and imported pottery from ArizonaPottery or you can plant in the garden. Either way you will love the rich colors and textures not to mention outstanding flavors that you can achieve.
Even if you are just looking for a way to fill a few empty planters sitting on your patio, by potting these lettuces you will fill your planters with rich colors of red, browns, bright greens and more. You can even plant them along side the violas or pansies that are so popular right now. This is a great way to compliment the flowers already growing. Most people love the idea of growing their own garden greens. It sure makes it easy to know where your food is coming from!!!!
If this is your first time then start by purchasing the plant materials that are ready to go right into your garden pottery. You can buy lettuce as individual or as mixes, which ever you prefer. Remember just don't plant them to deep and water gently. If you want to start by seeds instead you will get more variety and selection to choose from. Follow the instruction on the seed packets and you should have great
Next, select the garden planter or pottery bowl that you are going to pot into. If you want to grow the lettuce in large garden planters sitting on your deck or patio that is fine. If you want to add a touch of pizazz to your garden area, then select a 12" or larger planter bowl that is decorating and compliments your decor. Make sure you have a saucer if it will sit on a table.
Lettuce likes loose, well draining potting soil not garden soil. Make sure you water regularly and geed with fertilizer when needed. Lettuce can take light frost but not heavy frost. During super cold weather, cover with garden fabric or move the planters into the garage for protections. The best way to harvest lettuce is to pick only the outer leaves near the bottom so the plant can keep growing.
It's that time of year again when growing fruits and vegetables in garden pots is fun and easy to do. Instead of buying the over priced bagged lettuce at the grocery store - try to grow your own. You can purchase the seed packets at any local nursery or garden center. Plant them, water them and in a couple of weeks harvest them. It's a snap!
Growing lettuce in a garden planter is not only practical but lovely! Many exotic lettuce seed packets are available now. Don't settle for a plain simple variety, try some butterheads like "Dolly" or "Thom Thumb". Loose leaf like "Lollo Rosso" and "Royal Oak Leaf" are easy to grow and stunning to look at.
You don't have to find a nice plot of soil to plant in - just take a colorful planter that compliments your landscape design and plant the lettuce and other garden items there. Fill the containerwith potting mix no yard soil, sprinkle on the seeds, cover with more soil, water and let-er-rip! In just a few days your salad bowl with sprout.
If you do plant in the grown and desire more that just a few meals worth of lettuce, sow them in rows. Then every 3 weeks add a new row and you should have new growth to harvest until late Spring. Be sure and protect the lettuce if the weather gets to warm.
When it's time to trim the leaves, make sure to leave an inch above the grown so that new leaves will sprout. Snip outer leaves of head type as they grown and harvest whole heads when full size.
The main thing as always is to have fun and enjoy the process.