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.

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