We had a wonderful family Thanksgiving which focused entirely on my beloved grandson 2 1/2 year old Sean Henry who was able to keep everyone’s attention with professional ease. I don’t do Black Friday. I prefer shopping at a more leisurely pace. So it is a nice quiet Friday with house guests gone home, dishes almost done and Jeff watching yet another basketball game.
We had a sprinkle of snow this morning, the first of the season. It got me to thinking about, what else, next year’s gardens. I’m really going to work harder next year keeping my lettuce bowl producing through the summer. It’s is not a difficult task but does require some attention through July and August. I’ve decided to use a garden calendar to keep me on track. These days, it doesn’t take much to distract me. (Sean Henry 🙂
I started out years ago with lettuce in single containers which was okay but did not really produce a steady flow of fresh lettuce
Then I got the idea to not only get a much larger container, but to stack two containers one over the other. The bottom is more than three feet across and tall enough to keep rabbits out. These pots came from Campania www.campaniainternational.com/ Now I have some real growing space to have the lettuce coming steady through the spring.
I start out with seedlings purchased from English Gardens at their March Garden Party weekend. These last into June. The secret to keeping the lettuce coming non stop is starting plants from seed four to five weeks before the others turn bitter and start to bolt. That’s where the calendar comes in. I’m also scheduling dates for treating the veggie garden with OrganiMax and Actinovate, the organic products I’ll be using for keep the bad bugs and disease at bay. Unlike Martha Stewart, I won’t be married to the exact date, but plan to get the job done within a week or so of the date scheduled. If I get my act together in the next month or so I will be Twittering and give a heads up what’s on my to-do list week to week.