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Gonna grow some salad

Saturday, September 21, 2013

I have an assortment of non-GMO lettuce varieties that I hope (hope, hope, hope) will keep us supplied with salad fixin's this winter.

DH had one small light fixture on hand, so today we bought a 4' strip light and some grow-light bulbs. He's getting it set up right now in the South-facing alcove off the living room.

So, I'm going to get busy researching how best to keep the pesky aphids, white flies, etc. away without resorting to unhealthy chemicals.

We already have a supply of compost from the drum.

It sure sounds like a great plan . . . hope it all comes together.

Any ideas???
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    I am clueless but googling seems to have the answers to most life's Q.'s ............ But I would love to hear later how it goes and "does your garden grow?" ........... Are you still enjoying your Quintz (sp?) jam and such? ............
    1123 days ago
    I'm not sure I am the right person to give advise. I have tried an outdoor garden for the past 4 yrs without much success. I usually get so busy during the summer that my lettuce ends up going to seed, along with everything else I try to grow.

    When I ask my flower garden adviser about solutions to those pesty bugs she frequently tells me to just spray them with a water/dish soap solution.

    Good Luck! Keep us posted on how this goes. If you have success, the rest of it might want to give it a try because there is nothing better then eating home grown and the process of watching something grow brings the feeling of being alive to our lives!
    1124 days ago
    We have great luck spraying our produce with a mix of cayenne, garlic, and Dr Bronner's soap.
    1125 days ago
    Can't wait to hear how it works out. Our garden is just winding up here in Western Washington state. Where do you live?

    1125 days ago
    We will be going to our winter home in October and will plant our salad greens then. Hope we both are successful!
    1125 days ago
    Never grew lettuce with a grow light. Should be interesting!
    1125 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Can't wait to see if it works! Have a great Sunday!
    1125 days ago
    Enjoy. I remember my grandmother telling me about how she and her sisters would pick new dandelions in spring for the first salad after a long winter of root vegetables, how glorious it tasted. Hard to imagine seasonal restrictions anymore.
    1125 days ago
  • TORTISE110
    Not sure where you live, but the title of your blog caught my eye because I planted a "salad bowl" garden on my front porch this week. We live in a moderate climate so until and really unless it freezes I think the cooler temps of fall will keep it growing fine for awhile. It's an experiment.

    Good luck with the lights though. I did that years ago with exotic plans and had a great time! emoticon
    1125 days ago
    Great idea keep us posted
    1125 days ago
    I have never done this. I look forward to hearing about the progress. I did read once to sprinkle coffee grounds to keep bugs from plants and flowers. Maybe?
    1125 days ago
    Hope things work out well for you. Keep us posted.
    1126 days ago
    import some dragonflies and lady bugs.
    1126 days ago
    Best of luck. I've never grown lettuce.
    1126 days ago
    Good luck on your adventure! Hope it works out for you and DH to have home grown salad through the winter. emoticon
    1126 days ago
    Great Idea! emoticon emoticon
    1126 days ago
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