First sprouts of the year

silverkelt(Z5b/Southern Maine)April 14, 2013

on 4/10 was several types of lettuce and bachelor buttons.

I love early loose leaf lettuce, its so fresh and you can pick it to about June 15th here.. at that point the heat makes it go to bitter.

I love it when I see people picking up lettuce seed in stores in late may and early june... They missed the best part of the lettuce season , even in Maine. Sometimes I approach them about wintersowing.. but a lot of times people think Im crazy. Even when I direct them to the forum or the site.


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terrene(5b MA)

Congrats on your first sprouts! Mine were late this year. The Lupinus perennis sprouted on April 9, usually Lupines sprout in late March. There was still snow in late March though.

Great idea about the lettuce, I eat a lot of salads. Do you actually transplant the little lettuce sprouts to the garden? Is that easier than direct-sowing?

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 12:08PM
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silverkelt(Z5b/Southern Maine)

There is no issue transplanting them into anything.. garden, containers ect. Lettuce is a easy transplanter from what Ive experienced.

you can get lettuce 2-3 weeks early at least if not more, like you I still had snow covering my garden until a few days ago, no way its ready to sow direct in.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 12:39PM
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With lettuces, a late planting in July will give you a fall crop right up through Thanksgiving and you will have no problems with the bitterness or bolting.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 5:00PM
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caryltoo Z7/SE PA

My brother built a cold frame with some plywood and an old window and managed to get lettuce from the fall through at least Christmas.

I transplanted my leaf lettuce from the jugs to the garden last week. Kale and brussel sprouts went out yesterday.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 3:33PM
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