Grow your own lettuce bowl indoors

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Grow your own lettuce bowl indoors

By: Leanne Ely

I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time buying produce that I can easily grow myself. At my house, we eat a lot of salad. As many of you know, I serve a large green salad with almost every meal that goes on the table. All of those heads of lettuce can add up!
So, I recently started looking into some ways to grow my own lettuce indoors and I thought I would share what I’m learning with y’all.
All you need is:
• A large round pot, about 6 inches deep (or a container of some sort with roughly the same depth)
• Organic potting soil (look for the kind with perlite in it—thats those little round white balls)
• Mesclun mix seeds (or whatever lettuce you like best)
• Water
• A sunny window
You’ll need a window that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. If your lettuce doesn’t get enough sun, it will get tall and spindly and that isn’t what you want.
To grow your lettuce:
1. Fill your container to the halfway mark with soil. You can sprinkle some fertilizer on there if you want to. Moisten the soil and sprinkle a couple pinches of seeds on top. Sprinkle a little more soil over the seeds and spritz the surface with more water.
2. Water daily and keep the pot in the sun or under a grow light. The seeds should sprout up in about seven days and your first harvest should be ready in about a month.
To harvest your lettuce:
After you cut your lettuce the first time (leave the growing crowns alone!), you’ll only have to wait another two weeks for a fresh crop.
And it’s pretty much just that easy!
Fresh lettuce greens are just the best, aren’t they?
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  1. I am the only one in my family who likes celery so I quite often have a crown wilting in the fridge. When I have a wilted celery crown, I pop it into a jar with a little water in the bottom. Refresh the water each day or two. After about a week I get little roots growing out of the bottom and fresh stems growing out the top, then I pot it into a little tub and water it, and presto, I have a celery plant on my kitchen window ledge – I can then just cut off the stems that I need for myself and leave the rest to continue growing on the window sill. It means I dont have to buy another crown just to have it wilt away in the bottom of the fridge again. When the one in the pot has exhausted itself, I then start over with another one.

  2. Start another pot a week or two after the first one, then when you cut a harvest from the first one you still have another one growing which can be cut a week later while the first one is regrowing. This way you can cut fresh lettuce very week instead of every two weeks.

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