The Very Basics of Lettuce

Did you know that lettuce is actually a cold weather crop? It grows best in the spring and fall, when it’s more likely to be hit by a little frost. This helps release sugars in the plant for a more tasty leaf. You’ll want to avoid planting it during the summer months because it will get all tough and bitter.

Start by preparing your seed bed in your vegetable garden. If you want to plant baby greens or leafier lettuce varieties, make a furrow in the soil about an inch deep and a yard long. Plant your seeds pretty dense, about 4 per inch. If you plan on planting head lettuce, make a 1 inch deep hole and place your holes about 1 foot apart, and put in just one lettuce seed in each hole. Cover your seeds up with about 1 inch of soil and water. Either way, you’ll have some delicious lettuce in about 4-6 weeks. Check out the video here.

Tips For Great Tomatoes

Everyone loves to eat a fresh tomato straight off the vine. They’re not really that hard to grow, but there are some things you’ll need to remember. You can start them from seed, but that takes extra time and effort. Most experienced vegetable gardeners opt to grow them from starter plants from the nursery.

Make sure you put your plants in the ground no earlier than the last frost date where you live (you’ll need to check this with your local nursery or agricultural extension). Tomato plants require a lot of sunlight, about 6-8 hours worth of full direct sunlight every day.

Tomato plants are also what’s known as “heavy feeders” and require a lot of nutrients in the soil. Make sure your soil is rich enough, and if you’re not sure, have it tested to see what it might be missing. Fruiting plants like tomatoes need a lot of phosphorus. Tomato plants appreciate fertilizers to keep them going strong all season. You can go either organic or conventional on this. watch this video to learn more about tomatoes.