Thursday, March 1, 2012

Lettuce Grow... with Goose Cartons?

Lettuce Grow

The end of the dreadful, long, cold New England winter is nearby—my favorite time of the year besides a hot summer night. It's completely acceptable to start thinking about planting seeds for your summer crops. The stores have started putting their winter gear away and whipping out the big guns, SEEDS. One of my favorite things to do is get dirty in the garden. Digging up soil, laying in my seedlings on a warm day with my little boys giggling in the background is just heavenly.

FHPBL-6G only $19.95 for a pack of 25. 
I took the boys on our seeding adventure last night. We decided we wanted to try cherry tomatoes, regular tomatoes, lettuce, peas, beans, and eggplant. Last year our tomato plants we started from seeds grew taller than my 5'1 tall self. I dumped my coffee grounds in everyday with the tomatoes, they seemed to soak up the acid and produced a sweet/tangy taste. We also planted broccoli, squash, and beans, which did great too considering we have sandy soil here.  We started our seeds last year in paper cartons… which can get messy. This year, I have been exposed to an array of so many egg cartons working at, I decided the goose egg cartons are clear (great for plants to be in the sun and keeping them warm) and large enough to let the seedlings grow a little more before planting them in the ground.

Started out by purchasing our egg cartons. We went with FHPBL-6G only $19.95 for a pack of 25. You can use them over and over again, it's a really a great buy. They are clear and actually very pretty. You can also write on the top which seeds you are planting with a dry erase marker and then wipe it off when you take them out… Or stick your own label on one! We planted our lettuce seeds first, they are a more hardy plant and can be planted in the ground before summer really arrives. We have never done lettuce before, so we'll see what happens.

Lettuce Seeds, available at any garden store.
We placed our soil inside each cup filled almost to the top. Then watered the cups and placed our lettuce seeds 1/2" down. Clicked the carton shut and placed them in the window to get some sun… (When it finally decides to peek out of the sky!) In 7-10 days hopefully we will see our seedlings blossom. They will then continue in the carton until they are too large, about 6-8 weeks. If the ground is not frozen we will then transplant them in the earth. Otherwise, they will move to a larger pot until the time is right. 

Enjoy your seedlings with Goose Egg Cartons!

—Wendy T., Creative Dept.


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