Tweedlebud Lainey's Lettuce Experiment

March 22, 2013

I've been obsessed with growing things on my counter lately, I must be itching for spring! And, as I sit inside today thanks to the blowing snow, I couldn't help but think that a growing post for Miss Tweedle might be a good indication to Mother Nature that we're ready for spring!

A few weeks ago my husband said he saw that someone was growing lettuce on their counter from a lettuce stub. At first, I laughed at the idea and was very skeptical. But, then I did some research. I found a few ideas on the internet but nothing that depicted the process start to finish. I'm not an avid composter, I live in a fairly secluded area and the possibility of bears is ever present, so I'd rather not attract them. So, the idea of getting some more 'use' out of my lettuce stub before I throw it away is a neat concept!
You need relatively few things to get started, just a lettuce stub and a dish (deep enough to set the stub in with a centimeter or two of water). Fill the dish with the water (tap is fine, I used the water from my filtered drinking tap) and then set the lettuce stub down in the dish! It's that easy! I happened to have a romaine stub on hand from dinner, so that's what I used. I imagine you could try this with any type of lettuce as long as you had a stub that was intact.

The information on the internet suggested that you should change the water daily, but I got away with leaving it for a day or two between changes. You can see the progress that the lettuce had, it was pretty fun to watch!
Growth by day #5 - you can see the center of the stub just starting to sprout.

 Growth by day #6 - getting bigger!

Growth by day #12 - it keeps growing, and growing, and growing...

Growth by day #17 - you get the idea. (See the snow out the window!?! YUCK!)

I don't think I'll ever have enough to harvest enough for a full salad. But, it was fun to watch the progress and my kids really enjoyed seeing the visual difference every day. This would be fun to do on a mass scale, either with a classroom full of students, or in a big tray to attempt to grow a full size salad. For now, I'll just harvest this portion and tell people they're eating 'micro greens' that I grew during the winter!
Spring is coming... I can't wait!
TweedleBud Lainey  


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