Planting Lettuce

The greenhouse looks a little empty right now.  We had a relatively small amount of plants in there and today, we planted 31 trays of lettuce or approximately 2100 plants.

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We planted multiple varieties.  First we moved them out of the greenhouse onto hayracks. We gave everyone a drink of water – yes, at Pekarek’s Produce, plants are people too 🙂

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Then we went into the high tunnel. Ryan had it worked up so the ground was nice and soft.  We put in the first set of plants where I “dropped” plants and he planted.  After that we had to split, since it is very important to get water to the newly planted lettuce.

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I took my turn dropping and planting while Ryan made sure each plant was getting water. He pulled drip tape and turned on water.

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It’s not all serious around here, so we make sure to enjoy ourselves.

At the end of the day, we had a beautiful high tunnel full of happy lettuce plants. We left a couple of rows in the middle of the lettuce that will become cucumbers in a couple of months, but leave us a place to walk for now.

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When you seed plants, there is some great joy in watching them pop up, but there is also some worry as you aren’t exactly sure what will work and what won’t. One of my favorite things about transplanting is the instant gratification.  What a pretty building we had at the end of a nice day of work transplanting.

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Thanks to our photographer/crew today.

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