Here's some tips for growing lettuce:
- Planting times in our area are Sept.15th to Feb. 28th
- Lettuce can be direct seeded or started in pots and transplanted into the garden. We live in a pretty warm area so we just direct seed the lettuce.
- I like to just sprinkle seeds in the row without worrying about spacing. As the lettuce grows I thin the plants and we eat them.
- Lettuce roots are very shallow, so they need to be watered often.
- Try to plant a some seeds every few weeks during the season so that you will have lettuce throughout the season.
- Lettuce really likes cool weather. When it gets too warm it will bolt (flower and produce seeds) and turn bitter.
- Lettuce will scorch if it gets frost on it and will wilt if it freezes. So either use a cold frame or if you live in a mild winter climate you can just cover them when it is going to freeze.
|Our end of the season lettuce last year.|
- Lettuce is very easy to grow and rarely has problems.
- Caterpillars can eat holes in the leaves and you can use bt on them
- When the lettuce is thinned, we stop pulling up plants and just cut a few leaves off each plant. We mainly plant leaf lettuce not head lettuce.
- Lettuce does not store long, once it is harvested it needs to be washed and can be stored in a zip lock bag wrapped in a paper towel. This will keep it fresh for a week or so.