So the gardening bug hit me pretty hard in the last week, I’ve been pruning perennials and planting annuals and tomatoes too. I also planted something I’ve never planted before and that’s two varieties of lettuce. I don’t know why I’ve never planted lettuce before, perhaps its because I usually grab greens in the summer at the farmer’s market or grocery store but this year I began an experiment to see if I could successfully manage to grow a few heads of lettuce to make my own salad.
I reused one of my old half barrels (we have a bunch) that I typically grow tomatoes in but dedicated it to lettuce and herbs this year. My local nursery sells them in six packs, so I bought the lettuce there instead of growing it from seed. I mixed in some thyme and basil too, because I can’t get enough of those for in summertime, hello caprese and pesto and fresh herbs on grilled chicken!
As for the planter, I found a smaller redwood barrel at Home Depot but its reddish tones didn’t work for me, so I whitewashed it instead. The birdhouse is just for whimsy, I like tiers in threes so I thought it was a cute addition. I weathered the roof using this vinegar trick then whitewashed the birdhouse just like the middle half barrel. (Basic whitewashing technique explained here.)
To keep slimy garden pests away from those baby lettuces, I sprinkled around the barrel a pet safe formula to avoid any garden snails gobbling my greens.
And that’s the beginning of my mini tiered lettuce and herb garden, here’s hoping I can get a few salads from my efforts!
So lettuce growers, share some tips if you’ve got ‘em! Anything I should know? As for all of you who’ve done some gardening yourselves, it’s time to show off what you’ve planted or created this growing season.
Link up your garden related projects!