Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan Today at 11:34 am

» New England May 2017
by countrynaturals Today at 11:32 am

» Bryan Greenbeard of Minnesota's 2017 Plans
by Greenbeard Today at 11:23 am

» N&C Midwest: May is here! 2017
by CapeCoddess Today at 10:27 am

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Robbomb116 Today at 8:50 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by AtlantaMarie Today at 8:46 am

» Natural Dying ~ The Thyme to Dye is Coming!
by trolleydriver Today at 7:07 am

» Tips for compost tumbler
by plantoid Today at 4:22 am

» Maritime SGFG 2017
by sanderson Today at 3:29 am

» Strawberry protection
by sanderson Today at 3:27 am

» Using Eggshells for your garden
by sanderson Today at 3:22 am

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by sanderson Today at 3:17 am

» Planting for the trellis
by sanderson Today at 2:57 am

» Spring BBQ day
by sanderson Today at 2:55 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in May 2017
by Fiz Yesterday at 8:17 pm

» Dandelions - I cut this out of a magazine when I was a teen-
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:02 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 5:00 pm

» Watering System -- Finally!
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 3:49 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 3:43 pm

» Slugs and stuff
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 9:56 am

» surprising results from soil test
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:29 am

» New in Tennessee
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:23 am

» Netting as Barrier
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:20 am

» Bumble bees In Trouble
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:08 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by Cajun Cappy 5/22/2017, 10:27 pm

» What region am I in now?
by CapeCoddess 5/22/2017, 3:54 pm

» Get Moving!
by trolleydriver 5/22/2017, 12:14 pm

» Friday Rookie Topic: Edible Flowers
by BeetlesPerSqFt 5/22/2017, 11:39 am

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson 5/22/2017, 2:25 am

» Garden pics from S/W Illinois
by yolos 5/21/2017, 4:57 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Red Sails Rookie

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Red Sails Rookie

Post  gardenertaylor on 4/18/2013, 9:34 am

I am new to SFG this year. And I think I may have screwed up my Red Leaf lettuce. I read on a SFG planting chart that I got from a FB page that leaf lettuces could be planted 16/square (vs. 4 for a head lettuce) So, that's what I did.

Whoops.

Now I realize that perhaps it should have been much less than 16. I have hardened off, thriving, young red sails planted 16 in one square. They are very pretty in there, and seem to be doing fine. BUT! I fear they won't grow properly as the weeks go by because I have too many in one spot. (same for butterbibb leaf lettuce too, by the way). What are my options?

A) Leave them alone, see how it goes. Realize they may not grow big, but there are 16 of them.

B) Move some out to other pots? (which would require buying more materials for more MM)

C) Move some over to squares that will be hosting taller trellis plants where the lettuce can provide a little shade cover and get a little shade cover?

D) Take out half of the lettuces and throw them in the composter? (whatta waste)

What do you think? Please respond after you're done laughing at me. Wink
avatar
gardenertaylor

Female Posts : 72
Join date : 2012-10-21
Age : 43
Location : Boise, ID

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Red Sails Rookie

Post  RoOsTeR on 4/18/2013, 9:41 am

No laughing here Wink
I actually like to sprinkle my squares with lettuce seed and pretty much let it go. I trim mine all to often to really worry about it being crowded, and it does just fine. I also like how my Red Sails and a green leafy type look intermingled.
I'm way to impatient with my lettuces to let them fully mature. Besides, I like the leaves smaller...

____________________________


I am my gardens worst enemy.
avatar
RoOsTeR

Forum Administrator

Male Posts : 4229
Join date : 2011-10-04
Location : Colorado Front Range

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Red Sails Rookie

Post  quiltbea on 4/18/2013, 10:43 am

I would transplant some of them around your brassicas; cabbages, broccoli, caulis, Brussels sprouts because by the time those large plants need the energy in the soil, the lettuce will be done.
Or you can just harvest a few as they get larger. Baby lettuce is so tasty.
Usually on leaf lettuces, you can harvest a few outer leaves from each plant and it'll regrow or you can trim down the whole plant to about an inch above the soil and it will also grow back.

Above: I cut off all of these 4 lettuces in each pot on 5/28.


Above: See how they've grown back by 6/14. I cut these back 4 times for salads before they bolted. Being in pots, I was able to keep them in shady corners as needed so they lasted longer. It works the same with Red Sails.
avatar
quiltbea

Female Posts : 4646
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 75
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

RE: red Sails Rookie

Post  johnp on 4/18/2013, 11:27 am

I agree with Rooster. I over seed even when I try to space them but it doesn't seem to matter. Last summer I covered the lettuce with a 50% shade cloth and even with 100+ degrees it didn't bolt until late Aug..
avatar
johnp

Male Posts : 644
Join date : 2013-01-05
Age : 71
Location : high desert, Penrose CO

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Red Sails Rookie

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum