You have probably heard of the book The $64 Tomato? Let’s not discuss the price of this lettuce, shall we? I am going to chalk it up to a bit of pandemic induced madness–and the fact that I simply cannot grow any edibles in my yard anymore with the various critters out there. It’s like the old 60s show Wild Kingdom.
So here we are about 4 weeks later. The lettuce closest to the camera came with this setup and is unhelpfully identified as “green lettuce. ” Well, yes, it is. Variety might be nice to know, but whatever. When I went on to the app to indicate which plants I was growing, they gave them names–literal names like Amy. I deleted the app. You all know how I feel about gardening technology and that didn’t change my mind.
In the middle, I am growing flowers–or trying to. They’re a little slow. They’ll be alyssum someday, maybe, for my pollinators. In the meantime, I will probably go out and buy some real alyssum.
Farther from the camera is romaine lettuce. I am impressed with how healthy everything is and how fast the lettuce is growing, although it probably would do the same thing outside if it weren’t for Wild Kingdom. That’s one thing that I never get to see. By the time I might have any real growth outside, it’s gone.
So I won’t try to figure out how much lettuce I have to grow and eat to get a return on my investment. This thing will grow all sorts of other plants too. I figure basil in the winter will be nice–if it’s not too darn cold in my house.
Luckily lettuce likes it cool. I see a lot of salads in my future.
A friend was able to grow lettuce, away from “critters”, by planting it in hanging window boxes off of her porch.
That sounds like a great solution. I have tried window boxes–but have no porch railings to hang them from. I suspect hanging baskets would do the same thing, but I usually plant those with pollinator plants since I don’t have a lot of sun and try to maximize what I am growing where. I have even tried tucking it in pots behind herbs–but the bunnies somehow found it. It’s hard to outwit nature!
That’s a lot of infrastructure for lettuce. I just do not grow it. It would perform somewhat well here. I just had bad experience with it in the Santa Clara Valley.
Yeah, pandemic madness. That’s all I can say.