|Last mini-greenhouse lettuce crop|
We’ll have to use those three heads soon because they show signs of getting ready to bolt. Yes, I should have cut them a week ago, but I didn’t. And after growing in the cozy greenhouse for several months, they may react adversely to the colder, windier life outside their plastic box.
But lettuce life goes on. Nearby I transplanted eight lettuce seedlings that I started April 29 in yoghurt cups—two Red Velvet, two Cracoviensis, two Green Ice, and two Red Sails, so we’ll not be dashing off to a supermarket any time soon to buy lettuce.
|New lettuce transplants|
When I hosed off the mini-greenhouse, I noticed several cracks that indicate it won’t last forever. Three of the four upper corners—which were not reinforced when molded as were the bottom corners—had slight cracks. I’ve already duct-taped the cracks in preparation for another winter’s crop of lettuce.
I could have bought a commercial greenhouse—for $150, $1,500, $5,000, or $25,000. But $13.76 seemed like a perfectly reasonable price for a Frugal Gardener. If I get another year of use out of the container—fine. If I get two more years of use—excellent. If I get three years, I’ll be tempted to trade in my bib overalls on a kilt.
If you want to see what the mini-greenhouse looked like when I created it, CLICK HERE.