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Old 24-01-2006, 07:07 PM posted to rec.gardens.edible
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I have a few lettuces growing in an old dishpan in a glassed-in porch.
The dishpan is about 9" x 14" x 4" and it has half a dozen small
mesclun-type lettuces in it. They grow about fast enough in short
winter days on a chilly porch for a small green salad for two every
week or two. I'd like to increase the production next winter by placing
a large, plastic-lined box on the patio table, aiming at about four
times the surface area and two or three generous salads a week. Does
anyone have any ideas on how deep my box must be? I'd like to minimize
the weight on the table but not make the box so shallow that it won't
grow healthy lettuce.

Kathy


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Old 24-01-2006, 07:31 PM posted to rec.gardens.edible
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Kathy wrote:
I have a few lettuces growing in an old dishpan in a glassed-in porch.
The dishpan is about 9" x 14" x 4" and it has half a dozen small
mesclun-type lettuces in it. They grow about fast enough in short
winter days on a chilly porch for a small green salad for two every
week or two. I'd like to increase the production next winter by placing
a large, plastic-lined box on the patio table, aiming at about four
times the surface area and two or three generous salads a week. Does
anyone have any ideas on how deep my box must be? I'd like to minimize
the weight on the table but not make the box so shallow that it won't
grow healthy lettuce.

I grew lettuce successfully in patio planter boxes that were no more
than 6" deep. -aem

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Success doesn't depend on the depth of the container, but rather temp, water
and fertilizer. I grew many kinds of lettuce in the greenhouse in a couple
of 8 ft sections of plastic gutter. Put a small layer of gravel in the
bottom and fill with potting mix. Either predrill holes in the bottom for
drainage or install a small section of downspout in the center that runs to
a bucket. Put caps on the ends. The gutter can be cut to any size and can be
hung or set up like a window box on the porch. You can expand the setup to
your liking.
Gary

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I have a few lettuces growing in an old dishpan in a glassed-in porch.
The dishpan is about 9" x 14" x 4" and it has half a dozen small
mesclun-type lettuces in it. They grow about fast enough in short
winter days on a chilly porch for a small green salad for two every
week or two. I'd like to increase the production next winter by placing
a large, plastic-lined box on the patio table, aiming at about four
times the surface area and two or three generous salads a week. Does
anyone have any ideas on how deep my box must be? I'd like to minimize
the weight on the table but not make the box so shallow that it won't
grow healthy lettuce.

Kathy





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