Pricking out lettuce

After a week, the tray of lettuce that Louise had sown had already germinated

1 week old germinated lettuce seedlings
1 week old germinated lettuce seedlings

Now they need to be pricked out as soon as possible to give them more space to grow. The idea is to let them do this unchecked.

Emily & Lynn R took a dibber – a convenient twig – to lift each seedling out, holding it by the seed leaves, make a hole in a new seed tray, and put the seedling in this hole, burying its stem up to the level of the seed leaves

Pricking out lettuce seedlings
Pricking out lettuce seedlings

Once the tray was full, it was put in water to allow the compost to take up as much as posible without waterloging the seeds

Pricked out seedlings being watered
Pricked out seedlings being watered
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