On 09-27-18, I transplanted Four Seasons, Looseleaf Blend & Salad Bowl lettuce from the seed starting containers to the garden. The following day Simpson Elite and Anatares lettuce was transplanted. High temps the last several days have been in the upper 80s and the lettuce seems to be making the transition outside. See pics below.
Next up to transplant will be Ageratum which will go into a South facing bed out front. Not an ideal time to plant. Basically, I'm experimenting with the seeds from the purple flowers which I intend to save this fall & germinate inside next spring & set out in early April.
The lettuce and broccoli seeds from Burpee came in along with three 24 cell Gardener's Supply GrowEase Seed Starter Kits. On 09-20-18, I planted 24 Sun King broccoli and 8 Red Salad Bowl, Sunset, Looseleaf Blend, Curly Oakleaf, Green Frills Hybrid & Flying Red Saucer (8 x 6 = 48 cells) lettuce. Everything has come up except the Flying Red Saucer lettuce. Planting 2018 seeds makes a big difference! See below for more pics from the garden.
We began the fall transition by removing the 30% shade cloth over the Bell Peppers since temps are forecast to stay below 90 degrees, the cut-off point where exposed Bell Peppers develop soft spots from the sun. Another round of White Wedding Zinnia seedlings (volunteers from fallen summer flowers) have begun to bloom with more seedlings sprouting each day. Vinca seedlings have also sprouted and are starting to bloom.
Planting 2017 lettuce seedlings under grow lights has turned out to be mixed bag so far. The Four Seasons & Salad Bowl seeds have sprouted … no Yugoslavian Red & Red Salad Bowl seeds sprouted … a few seeds for the other varieties have sprouted … In response, I have ordered 2018 lettuce seeds from Burpee … along with three 24 hole seed starting kits and a Stack N Grow expansion add on grow light kit from Gardeners Supply.
Some pretty yellow & pink Gerbera Daisy blooms this week. Many more to follow once temperatures moderate. Gerbera Daisy blooms last 5 to 7 days … unlike Daylily & Hibiscus blooms which last just one day.