This is only my second time ever growing kohlrabi from seed. I grew them last, from seed, and used peat pellets. The same pellets that I used to start up the lettuce seed from the last post.
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I had a couple free hours and wanted to get some seeds started but was out of pellets. I had a bag of soil and decided to use that. I set out the trays and filled them with soil. I dropped in a few seeds into each cell and pressed them into the soil. I lightly covered them with more soil and filled the bottom tray with water so that the soil could soak up the water.
I put out all the trays in an area of the backyard where it would get some sun but not all day sun. I used that week of warm weather to my advantage and many of the seeds started to germinate.
A few weeks later, I had to thin down the seedlings per tray from 3 or 4, down to 1. Those sprouts did not go to waste and went inside the house for a quick rinse. They were then mixed in with half a tablespoon of sunflower oil and were enjoyed as a mini microgreens salad. What is the point of letting them go to waste?
Once the plants were thinned, they were just checked for moisture levels and watered when needed. After a few more weeks of growth, they were planted out into the raised beds and some into 6 packs to be transplanted out at another garden.
The plants will stay here until they are ready to harvest. I’m just hoping that the weather cooperates and we can be enjoying these very soon. One thing that gardening has taught me is patience. We are always so busy around here that it should not seem that long of a wait.
- 10×20 trays
Seedling Starter Trays, 720 Cells: (120 Trays; 6-cells Per Tray), Plus 5 Plant Labels
- Seed starting Medium: Coco Coir Bricks, Seed Starting Mix, Potting Mix
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Lettuce is one of the easiest crops but can also be the hardest to grow. They sprout pretty easily but you can’t let get them too hot as it will bolt/ go to seed. Once that happens, they usually become bitter.
This post is about my most recent time starting lettuce from seed by using peat pellets. I had some left from a bag of 200 that were ordered on Amazon.
I filled a small tray and added warm water. The little pucks expanded and were ready for seeds. I dumped out the extra water and made sure that there were openings in the netting for the seeds. The seeds get covered in the peat and were left alone for a week.
I put the tray in an area of the backyard that gets some sun but not all day. I was lucky that the pellets didn’t dry out. If I had put it in full, all day sun, they would’ve dried out in a day or two. If it doesn’t feel moist, just add water to the tray or container that the pellets are in. They will soak up the water and you just dump out out the extra water.
I left them alone and the seeds just exploded in growth. Once the plants got a little size to them; they were transplanted I to a large Smartpot that already had two small papaya trees and a Growoya.
I simply moved back some of the mulch, removed the netting on the pellet, made a small hole and dropped in the whole pellet. I backfilled with soil and cover it back up with mulch. As always, water when you transplant. It didn’t take much as the Growoya keeps the soil pretty moist. I just refill it once a week.
That’s it. You don’t need any fancy equipment. I may check on these lettuce every few days but I hope to be eating from here in couple of more weeks or less.
Here are the Amazon links:
1. Peat Pellets
2. 10×10 Trays
That’s all you really need, other than seeds. It only took 3 weeks from seed to transplant. We should be harvesting in another week or so.