Wouldn’t it be nice to grow fresh lettuce during the cold winter months? The Steele Memorial Library’s Seed Library carries one of the recommended varieties that can be grown indoors – Black-Seeded Simpson.
- Borrow a packet of seeds.
- Fill a 4” – 6” pot (drainage holes type) with fresh soil mix. Leave some room at the top.
- Drop in about 4-5 seeds about 1 inch apart.
- Tamp down gently, and sprinkle an additional ¼” layer of soil on top of seeds.
- Moisten the soil with a spray bottle every morning, or whenever it looks a bit dry. To maintain moisture, cover them loosely with plastic wrap or a lid.
- Place your containers in a warm location, on a small tray to collect excess water.
- When sprouts begin to appear, move to the sunniest location in your house, or use a grow light.
- Once your tiny plants have their first set of true leaves, start feeding them with a liquid fertilizer. Monitor the moisture level to make sure your seedlings are moist but not waterlogged.
- In about three to four weeks, indoor baby lettuce should be around 4″ inches tall and ready to harvest. Harvest only what you need.
- Enjoy your freshly grown lettuce.