Lettuce is an annual plant of the daisy family, Asteraceae. Mostly grown as a leaf vegetable however sometimes for its stem and seeds apart of seed-saving method.
- Make sure the soil is prepared, organic matter should be applied to soil one week before planting seeds or transplanting ( requires both good aeration and water drainage)
- Seeds should be planted directly into the soil approximately 20 cm apart in length and width for a good outcome.
- When planting in rows, plant 20 cm x 20 cm apart, inter-plant garlic and chives in between the lettuce to repel/control aphids. they act as ‘barrier plants’ for the lettuces.
- Do cover your seeds with organic matter/mulch to boost up the germination.
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- Lettuce should be harvested when full size, but just before maturity. You want it young and tender.
- Before maturity, you can harvest leaf lettuce by simply removing outer leaves so that the center leaves keep growing.
- Mature lettuce taste bitter and becomes woody and it will go bad quickly, so check your garden everyday.
- You will need to cut the whole plant from the ground.
- It’s best to harvest in the morning before leaves have been exposed to sun.
- Keep lettuce in the refrigerator for up to 10 days in a loose plastic bag.
Did you know?
- Lettuce is apart of the sunflower family.
- Does your Lettuce shows a wilting appearance? Simpy put the leaves in a bowl of cold water with ice cubes, let it soak for about 15 minutes.
- Eating lettuce for dinner can be calming and help to reduce stress.