Round here, it's very common to start lettuce in pots/polytunnels.
Samuel Morton wrote:I read on the packet that the lettuce seeds must be sown outdoors
Check, this is the only way we get corn in the NW - corn sown to early when its too cold or wet rots in the field. Beware of mice even when starting in the greenhouse though
John Elliott wrote:
Actually, corn can be transplanted,
That sounds like way lots of trouble. I have always sown carrots and radishes into the field. Carrot seeds are tiny.
John Elliott wrote: And carrots too, but you have to gently tease them out of the starter pot with a toothpick and get it transplanted when it is only about an inch tall, while the root is still fairly short.
I've never seen a reason to transplant beets - I'm sure you can transplant beet or carrots if you need to though
John Elliott wrote: The general rule is that root crops are best started out in the field and not transplanted, but beets (beetroot to you UKers) are another exception to that rule, as long as they are still small.
I've done both - it depend how many bean you're putting in. Its a big seed.
John Elliott wrote: Beans are another general category that is best sown in the field.
John Elliott wrote: I find that the larger the starter pot, the easier it is to have success with transplants. Rather than start a dozen plants in an egg carton, each one to its own well, start them together in a 6" diameter pot, where they may have 4"-8" of soil to put roots down into. In my experience, there is more stress on the seedling to be in some cramped thimble for the first couple of weeks than to be separated later from its siblings and set out into the garden.
Jen Shrock wrote:I would like to also throw out the question about the soil blocks (pot-less) methods and if things that are normally tempermental to transplant can be sucessfully transplanted when propigated in soil blocks instead of actual pots?