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Post  Gena575 on 4/18/2012, 11:26 am

A friend's 2 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with ALL leukemia and is at Cardinal Glennon in St. Louis getting treatment. There are a ton of fundraisers going on, including some sort of auction/sale towards the end of May. I don't have much to offer, but want to help where I can.

So I was thinking about all the seeds I've got left from planting my garden. I also have a bunch of 12 inch flower pots. I was thinking of potting them up with a variety of leaf lettuces that I have, maybe a few radishes or herbs like chives/garlic chives/dill. Is 5ish weeks long enough to grow them big and fluffy and pretty for auctioning/selling? I'd have a couple of bucks in each one (potting soil), so no real loss either way I don't think. I just don't know if they would sell or sit there and be an annoyance at the auction.

I've got buttercrunch lettuce (head), green ice lettuce (leaf), some leaf salad mix with reds and greens and fancy stuff...I forget what it is called, radishes, chives, garlic chives, dill, Italian parsley and could easily pick up a packet or two of other seeds.

Thoughts? Ideas of additional lettuces or salad things? What about seedlings like cucumbers, summer squashes, melons? I've got an almost embarrassing supply of yogurt cups and am thinking those would grow to a decent size for transplanting by then, and end of May is a good time for putting those out around here.
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Post  littlesapphire on 4/18/2012, 11:35 am

That sounds like a great idea to me. The lettuce will still be small after five weeks, but big enough to start clipping and eating it. Radishes should be big enough to harvest. I have a pretty antique bowl on my window sill that I put some soil in and then some loose leaf lettuce and some toy bak choi. It's surprisingly pretty. I've seen potted lettuce sell in my local grocery store for six dollars a pot!
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