Growing winter lettuce is one of my projects this year. But not outside! I went to the thrift store to buy something to plant it in. You need to be creative as you look around in the thrift store. I came up with this orange plastic container. It seems like a perfect shape to me–rectangular with lots of space. One great advantage to me is that it is not too large. I will be able to carry it into the house when it gets too cold outside.
There is a label on my container–Trofast. Online I found that this is used as part of a toy storage system by IKEA. It wasn’t a great bargain at the thrift store so if I want more I will just buy them at IKEA. But I didn’t know they existed so that was a great ah-ha experience! They actually sell them in a shorter depth which might also work fine for growing lettuce. My container is 9 3/4 inches deep and the smaller one is 4 3/4 inches.
Growing Winter Lettuce With Drainage
I need some drainage in my container for growing winter lettuce. My husband drilled small holes around the bottom and in the bottom. The next thing that I needed was something to catch any excess water that comes out of the drainage holes. I found the perfect size cookie sheet to fit under my container! So my whole purchase came to $5 and I discovered the source of more improvised planting containers!
Mixture of Potting Soil and Worm Compost
I used a mixture of potting soil mixed with worm compost for the planting medium. I planted Baby Mesclun lettuce which is a mixture of lettuces. I also planted a few onions from seed just to try them as as experiment. I will post later with an update on this project of growing winter lettuce.