Lettuce beds

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  1. Munson

    Munson 10 pointer

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    Anyone do it? We haven't for years. Also considered carrots. Any tips & tricks? I know we gotta burn off a spot for lettuce beds.
     
  2. barney

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    While looking at the bed area to be sown, I pour the seeds into the palm of my hand and visualize them about 3" OC. Once I'm satisfied with the amount of seeds in my hand, I mix them thoroughly in an appropriate amount of dry sand to help distribute them evenly. I think one of most important things to do is covering the bed with agricultural fabric.

    Carrots are super easy if you don't care to use Preen herbicide. Carrots are unaffected by the active ingredient trifluralin, and will grow like weeds while the actual weeds are controlled! Just make a shallow row, take your time and dribble the carrot seeds about a 1/2" or so apart, then lightly cover them. Sprinkle the Preen down the row according to the directions.
     
  3. Munson

    Munson 10 pointer

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    Thanks for info Barney. I planned to cover the beds as well.
    How about soil prep on carrots? Seems the last time they didn't resemble a carrot at all lol. Soil mixed with rotten sawdust to loosen it maybe?
     
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  4. bondhu

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    Burnt mine off about 2 weeks ago and sowed last Saturday. Snap peas are out to.
     
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  5. dirtstalker

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    I dont grow enough lettuce to fool with. I enjoy a few fesh messes of it..and thats about it. But..i cant sow it out evenly to save my life..same with turnip seed
     
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  6. DH13

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    Im going to put one out. BUT cant get the ground dry enough to work a bed. About the time it is about ready. It rains again.
     
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  7. bondhu

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    Man,I can see it now. That big glass bowl full of wilted lettuce. The wife and me catch each other double dipping a big tong full in the grease.
     
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  8. barney

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    I like variety in my lettuce. I love oak leaf, red sails, and one of my most favorite is Lollo rossa.
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  9. Lady Hunter

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    Gonna try to burn ours off tonight & hope to plant this weekend even if we have to use hoes & rakes!
     
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    6F2562C2-F9F4-4218-88DF-C3DFCEE90B7D.jpeg Going to get some Bibb, mesclun mix, and radish seed in the ground this evening.
     
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  11. Ataulbe1

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    I always till mine up good and make sure to go deep. And plenty of loamy soil and compost. First year I did carrots they looked like radishes with fingers lol
     
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  12. barney

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    I do the same. Sometimes nematodes are an issue that make carrots do that. I've had really good success with the older variety called Red Cored Chantenay in my heavier soil.
     
  13. dirtstalker

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    I'll give a lil tip for anybody that just likes a small amount of lettuce like myself..something i have tried in the past and had luck with.
    Get a bag of potting soil...cut a few slits length wise down the bag and fold the edges back in. Sow your seed down the slit and bam..a mini lettuce bed. Doesnt grow alot..but will make a few good messes. Then when its done..pour the bag out wherever you need/want it.
     
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