Alright! Spring is finally here, and we're up to our eyeballs in salad again. The green is a nice change from looking at the foot of snow that's still covering the lawn.
I transplanted most of the baby starters into one of my "T Barrel" systems about a month ago. The seed packets I used had diverse mixes, so we have a nice variety of lettuces which include: Tango, Royal Oak Leaf, Red Salad Bowl, Black Seeded Simpson, Grand Rapids TBR, Red Sails, Arugula/Rocket, Four Seasons, Romaine Cos, Lolla Rossa, Romaine Cimmaron and Ruby. Who knew there were so many kinds?
The packets also contained the following seeds: Bloomsdale Spinach, Bok Choy, Golden & Magenta Swiss Chard, Endive, Mizuna and Red Giant Mustard.
Growing multiple varieties promotes biodiversity which is healthy for the overall Aquaponics system. I'm no plant expert, so knowing that everything is edible makes the challenge of plant identification fun. Plus, it's more colorful, tasty, and interesting than if I'd just planted one variety of salad.
Meanwhile, the Fathead Minnows are getting ready to spawn in the 10 gallon fishtank. Stay tuned...