Posts Tagged ‘Cos’

From Small Seeds Lettuce Grows

Friday, May 30th, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Jon gave me a present. Jon runs an organisation called Sow the City and organises community garden projects throughout Greater Manchester. He’s the garden man of The Classroom which explains why he gave me compost. Not just any old compost – compressed compost tablets in a mini-plastic-greenhouse. He also gave me a packet of cos lettuce seeds and a set of instructions. He also wished me luck.

Thanks, Jon.

Thanks, Jon.

I waited until my return from Paris before taking on this green-finger challenge. I have a tendency to kill most plants, usually through over watering. I remarkably still have four healthy plants living in my bedroom, all of these having survived an entire year in my care. IT’S A MIRACLE.

On Sunday I followed the reasonably simple instructions.

  • Soak compost tablets in warm water for 10 minutes or until expanded.

How warm is warm water?! I am like my father when it comes to instructions and start panicking about the details. So I decided to just guess the appropriate water temperature and placed the 12 tablets in a small bowl with warmish water straight from my kitchen tap. I immediately wished I had chosen a larger bowl as the compost tablets began to swell and were soon about the size of the plastic eggs you find inside Kinder Surprise chocolates. It was brilliant! I stood staring at the expanding compost and even said “Oh cool!” out loud. That’s how neat it was.

Watching compost grow

Watching compost grow

  • Place expanded tablets in plastic container.

Not much explanation needed. I did that. It was easy.

  • Insert one seed into each tablet, replace lid and leave in warm, sunny place.

Surely one seed wouldn’t be enough? I like to increase my chances of success and decided to place two seeds in each tablet. I have so many seeds anyway – surely it is unlikely that both seeds will germinate?

Grow, my pretties!

Grow, my pretties!

Apparently I was wrong. After putting the lid on the container and leaving my little seed babies on my sunny windowsill, I checked their progress on Tuesday morning to discover that two seeds will definitely both germinate. I HAVE BABY LETTUCE! Every day the little sprouts get bigger and more impressive and soon I will be eating cos lettuce for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I just need to find a way of replanting them into a larger pot so that they can turn from baby lettuces into fully mature and utterly delicious lettuces.

Hello little green thing!

Hello little green thing!

Wow.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

The other week I bought two dresses from a store called Cos. I have just been at their website because I love their shop and want more and I think everyone needs to go and visit it. So cool.

Cos

Yes please.