Mavis Indoor Garden Blog – Lettuce and Basil

Just because the weather outside stinks, doesn’t mean you have to stop gardening all together.  I started this flat of Italian basil back on October 30th, and all the sudden it’s gone gangbusters. Right now the basil is about 5-inches high, and we have been using basil leaves here and there in a few dinner dishes.  Not to shabby for gardening in December if you ask me.

2 weeks ago I started some butterhead lettuce indoors.  I guess I didn’t think the whole thing through because now I’m not sure what I’m suppose to do with it.  Should I re-pot the lettuce and move it out to the greenhouse, or just leave it in the flat and pick the leaves off a little at a time?

The temps are suppose to dip into the 30’s this weekend so I’m not too sure if I should be moving it outside or not.  What do you think? Should I just thin it out and grow a few heads under the grow lights, or move the lettuce outside to the greenhouse?

I could you your advise.


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  1. says

    If you have heaters in the green house then go for it otherwise it might kill em.

    I also wanted to let you know I gave you a shout out on my about me part of the blog. You’ve truly inspired many!

  2. says

    Mavis, Put your lettuces in the greenhouse, and use row covers over it also. I do not have a green house, only greenhouse plastic and very large buckets and cover the plants up at night with frost row covers, several of them. I am in zone 5 and have successfully grown spinach on the south side of my home, with protection, and kept alive at temps of -20. But this was with heavy protection, and a lot of experimenting.
    It can be done.

  3. Maggie says

    Mavis, I would get bales of straw, shape them in a rectangle. Add some dirt and compost etc…what ever you prefer. Plant the lettuce inside the hay bales and just lay an couple of old windows, a sheet of plexy glass, or just a sheet of plastic when the weather threatens them. If it really gets cold, I would through an old blanket. Leave it off when the weather is nice.

    This is a temporary “cold frame”. You can reuse it for a few seasons.

    When the straw starts to rot use it to mulch the garden and shade out weeds.

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