beetle attack - I think cucumber beetles, but there may be other bugs involved as well - and the leaves are getting rather lacy and ratty-looking.
Indoor Grow Box Update
Our homemade indoor grow box has been performing beautifully, and we harvested some baby lettuce from our first trial run. Three weeks ago, we planted a variety of lettuce seeds in a Jiffy mini greenhouse and a re-purposed container (one of those clear plastic containers that hold supermarket strawberries). They started germinating after 2-3 days, and three weeks later, we already have some edible baby greens.
Encouraged by our success, we constructed a few more lettuce "beds" from doubled-up aluminum lasagna pans. The bottom pan was filled with a layer of pea gravel to hold up the top pan. We poked some drainage holes in the top pan and filled it with Mel's mix (equal parts peat moss, vermiculite and compost). Now we'll be able to grow cut-and-come-again lettuce all year long indoors without worrying about them bolting in the heat or freezing in the cold outside.
The few seedlings in the pictures below were transplanted from the Jiffy mini greenhouse into one of the new lettuce beds after some of the bigger leaves were cut for our first lettuce harvest.
At the same time that we started our lettuce seeds (three weeks ago), we also started some jelly bean tomato and cayenne pepper seeds in the Jiffy mini greenhouse. I know that's too late to start tomato and pepper seeds, but we wanted to experiment and see how seeds would germinate and seedlings would grow in our indoor grow box. There's also a transplanted basil growing in there, too. So far, everything seems to be growing pretty well. The tomato and pepper seedlings were transplanted into separate containers last week.
Inside of the grow box before the first lettuce harvest
If you haven't yet, do you want to see how we built this indoor grow box ourselves three weeks ago?
Check out Daphne's Harvest Monday for everyone else's harvests!