how to make a colorful salad colander so a stenciled pattern of seeds in a vintage colander for a stunning effect inspired by patchwork and because the lettuce is a cut and come again variety you can look forward to several harvests from one planting for the salad colander you will need one to two packets of batavia leaf lettuce seed one to two packets of red leaf lettuce seed a colander with feet some cardstock or oak tag a pencil a pair of scissors a hanging basket liner some all-purpose potting mix a large scoop or trowel a watering can a bottle of liquid plant food
first make the stencil place your colander upside down on some cardstock or oak tag and draw around the rim then draw another circle inside the outline between three quarters and one and a half inches or two to four centimeters smaller step two within the smaller circle draw a stencil design .
keep it simple we divided the circle into four quadrants cut out your stencil and keep all the shapes.
place a hanging basket liner inside the colander this will help keep soil and moisture inside the container trim the top of the liner to just below the rim if necessary .
step 4 fill the colander with all-purpose potting mix to just under the level of the liner then tap the colander down on a hard surface to get rid of any air pockets and to level the surface.
water the soil surface well.
cover alternate sections of the planting surface with stencils and plant lettuce seeds of one color then cover the planted seeds with the stencils and plant the remaining areas with the other lettuce seeds.
remove the stencils and lightly cover the seeds with the layer of soil mix then place in a warm bright place or outside in summer note that red lettuce seedlings will be green at first and then change to red as the plants mature you won’t need to water the seeds for a few days to start with since you watered the soil mix before planting wait until at least a three before watering by spraying the seeds with a mr. to stop them from dispersing before they have germinated.
1 seeds have germinated water using a watering can with a fine nozzle do not water too much step 9 you can thin up the crop after germination by lightly pulling seedlings from the soil mix this increases air circulation and helps keep the plants less congested and the design more structured enjoy your first harvest of cut and come again lettuce in just four to five weeks remember to use liquid plant food between harvests to encourage more leaves to grow back for cutting why not try growing lettuce and other containers wicker baskets are great because like the colander they allow drainage sink containers add a vintage look while for something quirky cut the base off plastic milk containers plant and hang on a wall you.