The Q&A Archives: Seeding Lettuce

Question: Since this is my first garden and we've had a mild winter, I planted my lettuce and spinach tapes in the beginning of March. Now we've had some rain and then colder temps. Will this prevent the seeds from germinating. Should I start some seeds indoors? When should I transplant them? Should I just skip the seeding and directly sow outdoors in April?

Answer: The seed tapes you've planted may not perform due to the dip in temperatures, but plants are amazing creatures - I hope they defy the odds! How inspiring that would be for you as a new gardener (to any gardener, really!). To ensure an early crop, youcan start a few plants indoors for transplant in early April, and sow seeds in the garden in April as well. This way you'll have young, tender salad greens for an extended period. Keep sowing a few seeds every 2-3 weeks to keep the harvest going all summer and into fall!

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