Pelletized Lettuce Seeds Mean Easier Sowing – and Designing

Days to Spring: 14

Pelletized seed
Pelletized seed makes it easier to see where you are sowing.

I have always admired gardeners who put in the effort to arrange their vegetable plots in an attractive manner. The artful arrangement of lettuce plants always gets me, but try as I might, my greens never come up in the pattern I have in mind when I sow them. I could by starts, but that isn’t as much fun and I am cheap.

The answer to my problems is pelletized seed. Instead of trying to ensure some sort of precision with tiny lettuce seeds, I can be much more efficient in my planting with these larger, more uniform seeds. It is the same seed, just surrounded with an inert material. These seeds also eliminate the need to sow thickly and then thin out the seedlings.

You can also find pelletized seeds for carrots, chard, celery, and many other tiny-seeded varieties.

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This Week’s Spring Picks:


Days to Spring: 15 – A Sturdy, Well-Designed Seed-Starting Tray


It’s seed-starting season, one of the best times of the year! My favorite way to start veggie and flower seeds is in a 72-cell plug flat, and last season I discovered an especially well-designed version… Read more.


Last Week’s Spring Picks


Days to Spring: 16 – Boots You’d Give Your Left Foot For


These boots scream, “Let’s get dirty!”


Nothing says spring in many parts of the country like cool and muddy conditions. When wandering out into the garden for the first chores of the season, you need a good pair of comfortable work boots… Read more


Days to Spring: 17 – A New Summer Squash Worth Trying Out

The ‘tempest’ summer squash looks tempting indeed.

‘Tempest’ summer squash is a new cultivar from Johnny’s Selected Seeds that is being touted as having “outstanding culinary quality.” So as a consumer of outstanding culinary quantity, I am definitely interested in growing this veggie… Read more


Days to Spring: 18 – Add Year-Round Color with ‘Daub’s Frosted’ Juniper


Year-round color makes adding this shrub a no brainer.

Spring can’t come fast enough this year—I have a lot of planting to do! One of the first things that will go in the ground is ‘Daub’s Frosted’ juniper (Juniperus × pfitzeriana ‘Daub’s Frosted’, Zones 4-9). This plant caught my eye during a couple of photo shoots last year. Read more

See the whole list.


Countdown to Spring:

Check back tomorrow for Fine Gardening’s Countdown to Spring to find out what tools, plants, books – and more! – we are excited about this season. And join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest – tell us what you are excited about this spring, too!

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