Thinning, Transplanting and Intercropping Lettuces

The Tom Thumb butterhead lettuces now have 5 leaves, growing well but desperately in need of thinning and transplanting. Their little root systems are quite well developed so yesterday I set some time aside and got to work. This is how the rows looked before I started:

 Tom Thumb Lettuce Seedlings

I transplanted as many of the seedlings as I could into rows in a neighbouring empty bed.

And now……..

 Rows Of Tom Thumb Lettuce Seedlings

 Seeing as there were quite a few left over once the spare bed was planted up, I decided to intercrop some of them with the cauliflowers.

Lettuce Intercropped With Cauliflower

Hopefully this will work well. They all have plenty of space to put on growth and heart up. I’m not worried about a bit of slug damage or the odd loss, most of these lettuces are being grown to feed the hens anyway hence why there are so many. The very scrawny seedlings left over after I had finished thinning , transplanting and intercropping were fed to the hens and devoured in seconds. Nothing is wasted around here!

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