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The First Harvest

March 30th, 2013

About a month ago, I started a few containers of lettuce when I was starting the rest of my seeds. The first one is just about ready to harvest and I can’t wait.
lettuce 2
I’ve been really wanting to see green things on my plate and I can’t wait to enjoy this. There will only be enough for a few salads from each planter, but it’s better than nothing!

Do you grow any vegetables or herbs indoors during the off season?

12 Comments to “The First Harvest”
  1. Natalie on March 30, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Only enough for a few salads? I call that a win! I also planted lettuce a month ago, but only a small amount. I’m thinking it is time to harvest it!

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  2. daisy on March 30, 2013 at 6:57 am

    We don’t really have an “off” season and with what I’m learning at Farm School, I realize that I can stretch the seasons of the stuff I love most by growing in the shade. Your lettuce look divine! Enjoy your greens!

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  3. Marina C on March 30, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Where were the planters located, did you have them under a grow light, when did you plant them?
    I want to do that next winter!
    Thank you,

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    • Susy on March 30, 2013 at 9:33 am

      No grow lights, in a sunny south facing window. Lettuce does OK with lower levels of light, so it won’t really need grow lights if you have a nice bright window. I seeded this lettuce a month before the photo was taken (which was a few days ago and it’s already much more prolific).

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      • whit on March 30, 2013 at 10:46 am

        We just need to be careful not consuming large quantities of low light greens. Grown in those conditions, greens tend to store nitrates in the leaves, which can affect the heart. Especially spinach.

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  4. Ann on March 30, 2013 at 8:08 am

    i have a few perennial herbs such as salad burnett and fennel. But I never really harvested them much for us. But now I am raising rabbits for meat. They are going to be fed as much with fresh natural food as possible. I found a great rabbitry blog and he has a comprehensive list of foods rabbits will eat and both fennel and burnett were on it. So I have been harvesting almost every day.

    Now my current season herb shopping revolves around herbs both the rabbits will eat and ones that we like also. The herb garden will get much bigger this coming year!

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  5. Deb on March 30, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I started radishes and leaf lettuce in the greenhouse about 3-4 wks. ago, but it doidn’t come up for awhile as it got real cold after that. Finally used some heat as I wanted to start some early stuff otherwise. All are doing better now but I have no auto opener so have to open it more as radishes and lettuce don’t need hot weather. next year I’d like to try some more over winter without heat if possible. Great post. I, too, will enjoy fresh greens before getting them from the garden.

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  6. whit on March 30, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Wanting to try mache this year. I let a couple of lettuces from last year seed in the greenhouse and noticed they were up by February. The carrots starts really taking off then too.

    What a great idea starts these lettuces indoors. We just don’t get enough light here in Seattle in the winter to grow good greens.

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  7. KimH on March 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Not me! I have enough keeping my houseplants taken care of during the winter.. I dont really know how some of them stay alive.. as M’honey says.. “She ignores them & they thrive & multiply” ;)

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  8. Maybelline on March 30, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Off season? Something is always growing here. However there’s cool season and hot season plants.

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  9. Crinia on March 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I am currently encouraging an avocado tree to grow indoors in winter. It made it through last winter near the fireplace at sunny window. It’s just been brought in preparation for this winter. No fruit yet as it will take about 5 year to fruit. Might need to take the top out of it if it reaches the ceiling.

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    • Susy on March 31, 2013 at 7:54 am

      I’ve got an avocado seed starting right now!

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