I've got seed packets of spinach, mesculun, and loose-leaf lettuce, as well as cilantro, basil, and mint. I want to get them started--I'll be planting them in a salad table (a homemade 4-inch deep tray, five feet long and three feet wide, up on legs). The herbs I'll probably transplant later, to deeper pots, when they're ready to be divided and spread out. The lettuces will stay right where they are all season.
Can I plant the seeds directly into my salad table now, in a nice rich compost blend, or must I start them inside in an egg carton covered with saran wrap under a grow light?
It has been gray and damp but not very rainy the past few days, and temperatures are ranging from 45 degrees at night to seventy during the day.