Experiment: Growing Romaine Lettuce

I’m convinced that you can learn to do absolutely anything on YouTube! Doubt my claim, search “How to _______” (and whatever it is you would like to learn to do) and BANG, an endless amount of videos teaching you to do just that. This post was sparked by a video entitled “Easiest Vegetables to Grow in a Small Space” that I watched last week.

The video shows you how to grow:

  • onions
  • ginger
  • sweet potatoes
  • Yukon gold potatoes
  • romaine lettuce *
  • bok choy
  • scallions

I’m convinced that I just bought my last package of organic romaine hearts, because I am just going to grow my own and have a container garden of vegetables on my back patio. Mind you this is coming from the mom who has a reminder on her phone to “water the plants” that are in my possession every other day. Good news is my toddler has just started a love for watering plants, including the fake ones that are in our house that require clean up after the attempted water session.

As stated above, I am starting with romaine hearts. I used the top portion of the romaine to make our taco salads this

week. I chopped off the bottom two inch or so of each heart and placed it into a glass with about a half an inch of water in the bottom of it. The video says for me to transfer to soil after leaves form in 5-7 days. Then I am to harvest the lettuce when then leaves are 6-8 inches tall. This feels like something I can do, and I think it will be something fascinating for us to watch together as a family as we grow our own lettuce.

Day 1

Day 3

Day 5

I’ll post updates on Instagram after I plant in soil to show progress over the coming weeks, here’s to hoping we will have lettuce to eat!

I can’t decided where I will venture next in the world of container gardening. I already have a pot with basil, parsley, chives, and thyme. I do have patience but I think my plan is to use this container vegetable garden to grow things we use regularly and don’t take months to produce one item. I think I will probably try to grow some scallions next from this video, or just try my suggestion above “How to grow vegetables in containers” on YouTube and see what I come up with. I’ll continue to show progress on our Romaine Lettuce and whatever else it is we decide to grow, I am excited for this venture. ENJOY!

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