grow lettuce

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Observing Phototropism in Lettuce Sprouts

I’ve been experimenting with potential microclimates from within my house, specifically looking to see if I can successfully grow any low light cool temperature edibles from the basement. I have no any fancy equipment, but I was curious to see if the few windows that provides a stead supply of indirect light would be sufficient for some mixed lettuce seeds.

I sprinkled the seeds in some soil and ignored the setup for a week. Much to my surprise, not only did the seeds germinate, they were already over an inch long. Each little cotyledon reaching eagerly towards the light of the window. I decided to flip the container so the other side could receive more light. 

Positive phototropism is the growth of plants in response towards a light source. (As you can imagine, plant roots usually exhibit negative phototropism.) I came back down to the basement in about 2 hours…all the sprouts magically bent itself almost 120 degrees towards the light. It always amazes me how quickly plants are able to move.

Fatal Flowers #3

Latuca Serriola AKA Prickly Lettuce AKA that one-weed-you-see-growing-on the-street

Prickly Lettuce is not actually fatal. It’s technically poisonous but it is a very useful plant! It contains Lactucarium which is a sedative, it is a less powerful alternative to opium (which I’ll be discussing later).  It is a good painkiller, and if eaten in large amounts can be used as a laxative. If you hold it for too long then it can irritate your skin, but it’s not even that bad. Pro? It can be found ANYWHERE!

Toxic rating: 1/10! It is just as bad as grass but twice as useful! 

It literally can be found anywhere! It is pretty easy to spot, check the belly of the leaves for small prickly “thorns”. 

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertiliser, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and arguments. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding.
—  Thich Nhat Hanh
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Ornate Leaf Slug aka Ornate Lettuce Slug (Elysia ornata)

The Lettuce slug is a species of Sacoglossan sea slug, the sap sucking sea slugs. As the name suggests, they suck the juices from various species of green algae. They are found in tropical areas of the Indo-Pacific and Caribbean. Lettuce slugs grow to a max length of 5 cm (2 inches).

photographs by Ria Tan and Budak | Flickr

Shenzhou-11 departs space station, prepares for reentry.

After more than 30 days at the miniature space lab, Shenzhou-11 undocked from Tiangong-2 at 11:21pm EST. Chen Dong and Jing Haipeng are scheduled to reenter and land in China around 12:33am EST Friday, November 18.

Over the course of their month-long stay, the two taikonauts performed experiments on the human body, agriculture - including the growing and cultivation of lettuce - and the deployment of a ‘companion satellite’, Banxing-2. 

Tiangong-2 will not be visited by another human mission, but April 2017 will see the first flight of the automated Tianzhou-1 resupply freighter dock to the station. This will test out the spacecraft’s systems ahead of entering operational service to the future Chinese Space Station.

the Jack/Bitty Cat-or-Dog Pet Ownership Discourse is tearing this fandom apart. consider instead:

  • bitty looking up domestic rabbit ownership guides, thinking to himself “how far am i prepared to take this cute relationship joke”
  • very far
  • they get this huge chubby rabbit from their local shelter
  • (and name it Señor Bun, obviously)
  • he looks like a potato with ears
  • look. would jack, having never met bitty, adopt a giant rabbit? no. he would not. but jack is a man in love.
  • bitty growing a little lettuce garden in flowerpots out on the porch
  • jack in athletic gear, walking a cat-sized bunny rabbit on a leash
  • both bitty and jack talking to the rabbit when the other isn’t around
  • “so ANYWAY that’s when Uncle George, bless his heart, suggests that they just develop their own recipes, and– oh hello jack you’re home, i was just telling señor bun about the jam dispute”
  • “what about the red shirt for date night? the red shirt fits better. but bitty says the blue matches my eyes. what do you think, señor”
  • People Magazine runs a photo spread of jack walking his rabbit. this is some of the most positive press jack has ever gotten in his life.
When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.
—  Thich Nhat Hanh

and now shes gone

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.
—  Thich Nhat Hanh

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce.

Yet if we have problems  with friends or family, we blame the other person.  But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well. Like the lettuce.

Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. No blame. No reasoning. No argument. Just understanding.  If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love. And the situation will change.    (Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step)

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.
—  Thich Nhat Hanh
When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you 
don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not 
doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or 
less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have 
problems with our friends or family, we blame the other 
person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will 
grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive 
effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason 
and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no 
reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you 
understand, and you show that you understand, you can 
love, and the situation will change.
—  Thich Nhat Hanh