Growing tropical-looking plants in the Phoenix, Arizona area. With wiener dogs.

October 14, 2011

Growing backyard lettuce in Arizona

My lettuce seeds have all germinated wonderfully. The problem is that, in the area that I have dedicated to lettuce, the tiny seedlings poke their little heads up and promptly die. This is due to two factors here at The Tropical Paradise - the unusual heat and dryness, and the big clumsy feet of my wiener dog, Macintosh.

So I am trying something new today. I watched a video on how to prick out seedlings, which I hadn't really realized that you could, or should do, and I have started transplanting the seedlings that are big enough to move. I have also added a bit of protection, a paper coffee cup with the bottom cut off, which should be enough to re-route little wiener dog feet.

I have another 36 seedlings doing well in the little plastic greenhouse tray, and if this works, I will start to transplant them to the "official lettuce area", which is near my dining room window. My goal is to create a "kitchen garden" that is just a few steps away from the door. Fresh lettuce is wonderful!

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