A fresh start: newly-planted lettuces on the balcony

I went for my first jog around the park in month on Sunday: the sun was shining, there were heaps of crocuses coming up, and a general feeling that winter might NOT be everlasting was in the air.

Inspired by this, I decided it was time to revisit my balcony vegetable garden which, despite an enthusiastic launch last May, withered and died shortly after.
I had been trying to cultivate basil, coriander, mint and red peppers but on reflection this was perhaps a bit ambitious for my first project.

Starting with fully-grown plants did rather detract from the satisfaction of ‘growing’ anything too. So this time I’ve gone back to basics, and have bought packet seeds of lettuce and salad leaves.

The packet suggests I’ll be eating the vegetables of my labour within a mere two to three weeks if all goes according to plan. It also suggests that even an idiot could grow these… so let’s see how I get on.

The two packets cost £1.29 each so I only need to grow a couple of lettuces to recoup my cash. I’ve also decided to ditch the lard and seed birdfeeder block that I’d put out on the table as it was waterlogged and manky. I’m sure my freshly-planted lettuce seeds will prove much more tempting for the bird population of Finsbury Park anyhow…

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