Something I forgot to mention in the video is that those little baby lettuce seeds that were direct seeded outdoors… they are growing unusually slow because of low temperatures and only 4 hours of sunlight. Did you know that lettuce seeds will germinate in just 2-3 days at 75 F, but 7-10 days at 50 F (on average). That’s a big difference, right?! So you could speed up the process by covering your vegetable garden with plastic. Plastic could warm up the soil a good 20 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Doesn’t have to be fancy, you could re-cycle a clear plastic jar or tub you have lying around.
I have a small growing space, so I’m always thinking about harvest speed. I want to know how quickly the first round of vegetables will be ready for harvest and make sure I have a continual supply of food for rest of the season. Here’s what I seeded indoors, transplanted and direct seeded outdoors 3 weeks ago and what it all looks like now.