|Better late than never?|
I’ll confess that I’ve just transplanted my fall lettuce and rutabaga seedlings, and my fall chard has sprouted but the seedlings are barely large enough to notice.
I believe my lettuce transplants—Green Ice (from Totally Tomatoes) and Red Velvet (from Seed Savers Exchange)—will grow to pickable size because they mature in 45 to 55 days. They may be small this week, but I’ve planted them in the mini-greenhouse I wrote about last winter. Unless temperatures dip into the low teens, I’ll be picking lettuce through the winter, as I did last year, thanks to the simple protection of the mini-greenhouse.
|Will they have time grow?|
|Mini-greenhouse for lettuce: Year 2|
If we have a warm fall or a not-too-cold early winter, I may have some good pickings of lettuce, chard, and rutabagas. But if we have an early and severe winter, we may be adding the names of more veggies to our grocery list. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, is the old saying, and that certainly applies to vegetable gardening in the fall.
While I was tending my just-sprouted lettuce and rutabaga seedlings, Adrian Higgins’s article, “The fall gardening season” in the Washington Post, reminded me to get my fall crops planted. To read his article, CLICK HERE.
|Does this rutabaga seedling have an|
If you want to see how I made a mini-greenhouse from an inexpensive storage container, CLICK HERE.