As mentioned in previous posts, purchased seed is problematic and seems more so each year. Seed saved from crops grown in my garden always germinates more quickly.
Winter Density is the variety of lettuce that I depend on most to take me through at least 10 months of the year, although I plant other varieties as well in most years.
Opportunity to Share
In mid April I had the opportunity to share some seedlings (for what would be my second spring planting) with Susan, a friend and reader who lives in this area.
Having some purchased seed at home, she was a bit hesitant to take the handful that I scooped out of a flat thick with seedlings. But she did.
On June 13th I received an email with pictures from Susan reporting on the results. She writes:
‘Well, Theresa, you are right in raving about Winter Density. I planted most of the seedlings you gave me in the garden:
“They have done amazingly well. The long cool spring has helped. This row is 4-5’ long. The seedlings I put in a pot have not grown as much. And my other lettuce seeds didn’t do much.
“The soil in the garden is obviously much better. I have always grown lettuce, but have never grown such beautiful lettuce nor have I enjoyed eating the lettuce as much as I have enjoyed the Winter Density. I thoroughly enjoy it.”
“This morning I picked a lot in a very short amount of time. The leaves are large and are still very tasty.
From what Susan told me previously, she has many rabbits that frequent her yard. And they have full access to her garden. Happily she added this note to her report:
“I have rabbits in the yard nearly every evening, but they have not bothered the lettuce or the green beans!!!
“Thank you so much for all of your help!!!”
Why not give Winter Density a try.
If it’s too hot for lettuce in your area now try starting it when things cool a bit in the fall. It’ll grow all winter and with cover when temperatures drop below 28ºF.
Plants that feed you through the winter will also take you through until your spring plantings are ready. Then they’ll get tall, flower, and set seed.
My saved seed germinates well for at least 3 years and that’s a conservative number. So if for some reason you miss a year saving seed, you’ll still be ok.
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