Growing Lettuce in Your Garden

The main use of lettuce is to get a crisp, fresh, and fibrous salad anytime. It is the main vegetable in Chinese food. It is very easy to grow and anyone can do it. You just need to give it proper conditions to grow.

The main use of lettuce is to get a crisp, fresh and fibrous salad anytime. It is the main vegetable in Chinese food. They are very easy to grow and anyone can do it. You just need to give it proper conditions to grow.

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Lettuce plants require at least 6 hours of sun a day. But the scorching afternoon sun can damage the plant. If you live in a very hot area then you should provide shade over the new plants during afternoon. This will prevent bolting to occur. The lettuce plant requires loose soil conditioned with rotten compost. Soil mixed with compost can retain moisture better and thus is the best for the lettuce plan to grow. Bad soil will do no good to you and your lettuce plant.

You can plant the seeds indoors or can directly plant it in your garden soil. You should purchase organic seeds from a good place. If you don’t want to sow seeds, buy a transplant from a nursery.

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If you are planting seeds indoors then it should be eight weeks before your last frost date. They need to be sown in sterile starting mix and the soil temperature should be kept below 70 Fahrenheit. Keep them near a sunny window or start them under lights if you can’t do the former. Plant them after your last frost date. Make sure you harden your plant 3-4 days before planting.

When you transplant the saplings from indoors to outdoors then make sure you place each sapling a foot apart. Dig a hole twice as deep as the root ball and twice as wide as the sapling. Place it and fix it with compost soil and water properly to prevent any air gaps.

For growing your Lettuce outdoors wait for the last frost date and sow in soil which is fairly cool. The seeds will not germinate if temperature of soil is greater than 80 Fahrenheit. Sow them at exactly at spacing given on the seed packet. For more harvest you can try sowing seeds after every two days.

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  1. my mom and I used to garden alot…beautiful pics!

  2. Nice example to sow lettuce,and have a green salad.

  3. very informative.. good.

  4. Great article – I’m growing enough lettuce for me and six others, just in planter pots, right by one of my many outside doors to my house. Cheers.

  5. Great idea for fresh salad. Thanks!

  6. What kind of lettuce is that – I’ve never seen it! We grow greens in containers, AZ is too hot and dry. But containers work great for spinach, chard, red leaf lettuce – all kinds of things

  7. I’m craving a salad after this article, hehe. And I’d like to expand my garden ideas include this staple. Thanks for the hints.

  8. Interesting.

  9. Very interesting article, just in time too. I have been hankering to start a garden and am still deciding on the plants to put in it. Well written and with photos to boot.

  10. in chinese cooking the use greens from the brassica/mustard family…lettuce is from the dandelion family and not commonly used in chinese cuisine

  11. also those are not pictures of lettuce

  12. The pictures are of “miners” lettuce. So called because the gold miners in California used the native plant to give them nutrients of vegetables that they did not have access to because everything else they had was preserved {beef jerky etc].

  13. Potted plants sound beautiful, but does anyone know of a lettuce that likes coastal sandy climates?

  14. Cool article :)

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