I got thrid time lucky with lettuce. Had bought seeds of 4 varieties from DOH, Hulimavu. Lettuce is one leafy vegetable which I just adore because, one can eat them raw, they taste best in sandwich and salads and are so expensive in the market.
First time I sowed those tiny seeds I probably sowed them a bit too deep in the soil, probably 1″ deep 😦 . So, very predictably they never came to life. I waited and waited and waited…. When I decided to sow them again I made the mistake of sowing them on the surface and ants made merry. In 6 hours all the seeds were gone!!
Third time probably I got the things right. I covered the seeds with just a very thin film of sand/soil mix. Voila they germinated, but again the germination ratio wasn’t quite good (Makes me wonder, is this a common problem with the seeds from DoH ??). Also, from the crop it looks like only one out of the 4 varieties germinated. But now that I have started harvesting them, first this tiny bunch, my joy knows no bound.
I enjoyed them thoroughly. What doubles the joy is, they are also part of my current experiment on growing things in bright shade. These have grown in a place where there is absolutely no direct sunlight. The nearest sunlight comes to them is 6 ft away from where they stand. Also growing healthily (till now) under same conditions are Palak(regularly harvesting), Cherry Tomatoes and Methi(fenugreek) leafs.
Then I also harvested these tomatoes. They are of Punjabi Choara variety (seeds from lalbagh).
The round ones here are probably of nati(local) variety. Because I never planted them, the seeds came from the gobar compost which I had used.
Here is another batch of harvest.
Looks like there is more to come, as still there are tomatoes in different stages of their life and probably the harvest should continue for another 3-4 weeks.
With my first experience of growing tomatoes I also got a taste of pests which attack tomatoes.
I feared these are affected by ‘late blight’ and researched the topic on net. But ‘late blight’ are known to be fast spreading fungus which are capable of wiping out complete crops. They are also the cause for Irish potato famine of the 1840s. But nothing of that sort has happened with my crop till now. So, am not sure.
Meanwhile am making hay while the sun still shines.