Planting and Growing Lettuce

Having lettuce greens conveniently in your vegetable garden ready to go into the freshest of salads has to got to be one of the best rewards of growing your own vegetables. Lettuce is a cool weather crop. You do not want to grow lettuce during the heat of the summer when the soil gets really warm, otherwise you will get really bitter lettuce. It tends to grow best in terms of flavor during the early and later parts of the growing season when it tends to be a bit cooler.

A trick to help keep the soil around your lettuce plants cooler is to grow them under and in between plants like peppers, which incidentally love to grow best in hot weather. When your night time temperatures are in the 60’s, it’s time to get your plants started.

Plant the kind of lettuce you like to eat: Iceberg, leaf, Romaine, or whatever you prefer. Plant by variety or by color. Make a small row to keep the lettuce plants more organized in your vegetable garden, as opposed to having them growing more haphazardly in a patch. Put your seeds in the trench about 1/2 inch apart. They can always be transplanted apart later. Cover them minimally with soil (1/2 inch at most) and water them in.

The heads will be about 6-12 inches across when they mature. Make sure to keep the seeds moist consistently so they do sprout into seedlings. keep them well soaked (not flooded) for the first 2 days, then back off a little bit thereafter. It should take them about a week to sprout. You’ll have fresh lettuce for your garden salads in a few more week’s time.

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