Why My Lettuce is in a Hanging Basket

comments (11) April 9th, 2010

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ChrisMcLaughlin Chris McLaughlin, contributor
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I have successfully tricked the birds with the old lettuce-in-the-hanging-flower-basket trick.
I admit I may have gotten carried away with this one. That artichoke is going to get BIG. But then, Ive gotten away with worse. Trust me.
Thats right, you traitor. Hide your head in shame.
Photo by Hyper Lemon under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0.
I have successfully tricked the birds with the old lettuce-in-the-hanging-flower-basket trick.Click To Enlarge

I have successfully tricked the birds with the old lettuce-in-the-hanging-flower-basket trick.

Photo: Chris McLaughlin

So here in suburbia-town I was having one hulluva time keeping the birds from tearing apart my lettuces leaf-from-leaf. While they had never bothered any of my greens before, like I always say, "It's just a matter of discovery".

I have spent years blindly believing that my wild bird friends were just too well behaved - nay, too spoiled to even consider attacking my produce. That would be low even for the scrub jays who get blamed for everything (and face it - it's usually for good reason).

Of course, it wasn't the scrub jays this time, but we did see little sparrows with tell-tale bits of broccoli leaves in their beaks. That's my thanks for years of careful shrub and tree choices so that the wildlife would have what they needed. Did they go so far as to eat my heirloom lettuce, too? I have no proof, but some little critter is having a ball torturing me and my newly planted starts (which I coddled from seeds, I might add).

So we decided to do what any born and bred suburbanite would do; transplant the surviving lettuce into containers desguised as decorative planters - complete with flowers. Not only did they turn out looking lovely, but the hangers are out front for all the world to see. I like that because most of my neighbors have never even seen lettuce except for with their heads lopped off in a grocery produce shelf.

I like to think of my vegetable planters as my "gateway drug" for the neighborhood. Soon, I'll have all of the neighbors tucking lettuce in here, carrots in there, and kohlrabi next to the Japanese maples. Oh wait...yuck. Okay, Kohlrabi in the perennial bed.

It's all in my sinister plan to transform suburbia into little micro-farms.

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Comments (11)

bradlewilliams writes: looks easy, i want to make one for myself.
Posted: 11:34 am on August 2nd
markhunt writes: Yeah it's cool hanging basket
Posted: 1:58 am on July 29th
KayClayton writes: It looks great,
Posted: 6:53 am on July 4th
Rander12 writes: i like the bg! really nice.

Posted: 2:16 am on February 18th
RandyFish writes: Nice Tips...Keep Sharing...

Posted: 2:06 am on February 18th
RixonJoy writes:
Good collection

Posted: 12:29 am on February 16th
ElisaDixon writes: Nice hanger
Posted: 1:33 am on January 26th
RoyKafen writes: Hey Really nice hanger.I will try to make it
Posted: 3:37 am on December 7th
JaffronTox writes: hmm looks very fresh

Posted: 11:53 pm on December 3rd
ChrisMcLaughlin writes: digme ~ The wire basket was completely empty and we had flats of johnny-jump-ups. We pulled the starts out cell-by-cell ans stacked them on top of ones another. We tucked a couple of other things in there, too.

Luckily, husband extraordinaire had nothing for the top of the baskets, so after the birds munched down the lettuces, We took what was salvageable and tucked them into the top of the planters - they came back beautifully. You should see them now.
Posted: 7:58 pm on April 28th
digme writes: I love the idea of lettuce in a basket and with that said your basket is absolutely lovely! How did you manage to grow the johnny jump ups on the bottom ?
Posted: 7:43 pm on April 23rd
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