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Old January 7, 2019   #256
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Saw ants waving my lettuce seeds around yesterday.
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Old January 7, 2019   #257
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Saw ants waving my lettuce seeds around yesterday.
Hahaha. It’s not funny but it is.
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Old January 8, 2019   #258
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This is just an excuse to post photos, but Red Sails is my favorite. It's quite heat resistant. I have found that aphids do not bother this lettuce at all.

As someone mentioned previously. Tokyo Bekana mustard is a quite superb lettuce alternative, the flavor is very mild so it can almost pass as lettuce. Unfortunately, aphids and flea beetles love it.
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Old January 8, 2019   #259
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Is that swiss chard or red veined sorrel growing, jane?
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Is that swiss chard or red veined sorrel growing, jane?
Swiss chard.
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Old January 8, 2019   #261
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Your lettuce looks wonderful! Are you greenhouse-growing?
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Old January 10, 2019   #262
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This is just an excuse to post photos, but Red Sails is my favorite. It's quite heat resistant. I have found that aphids do not bother this lettuce at all.

As someone mentioned previously. Tokyo Bekana mustard is a quite superb lettuce alternative, the flavor is very mild so it can almost pass as lettuce. Unfortunately, aphids and flea beetles love it.

It's the dead of winter....by all means post!
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Old January 25, 2019   #263
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Default Thinning mesclun

I'm growing three containers for baby mesclun salad. How much should I thin the seedlings? This is today......
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Old January 25, 2019   #264
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I don’t know that I would thin those all that much. I don’t grow a head to full size then pull the whole thing out; I harvest the outside leaves as I need them. So I grow mine fairly close together.
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Old January 25, 2019   #265
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I think the density looks fine for cut-and-come-again.
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Old January 25, 2019   #266
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Thanks for the advice Jane and Bower. I know I can always get answer on Tomatoville.
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Default Winter mesclun

All 3 trays looking good.
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Old February 3, 2019   #268
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I have always been a spring/summer lettuce grower with Romaine and any green leaf lettuce being my standards. Last fall, I became a fall/winter lettuce grower with the same varieties. We have had a few freezes this winter and the lettuce varieties have not suffered at all. My Romaine is starting to bolt in the cold weather. I don't plan on growing any spring lettuce this spring and simply rotate my beds from spring tomato, pepper, onion, cucumber, squash, and eggplants to fall /winter leaf vegetable beds in the fall..
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Old February 20, 2019   #269
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I've got lettuce that has survived 0 to -1 degrees, it took a little damage to the edges of the leaves,but it will be fine.
Never thought that it could take below 0 temperatures.
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I think there's a fair genetic variation in the lettuces, as to how tolerant they are of cold to freezing temperatures. And there are a lot of factors that modify the microclimate around the plant, eg soil moisture/temperature if higher will actually keep the plant above freezing for the night as the ground loses its heat.
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