Seed-saving method, Vegetables

Know how to grow LETTUCE

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.

Planting instructions:

  1. 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)
  2. Seeds should be planted directly into the soil approximately 20 cm apart in length and width for a good outcome.
  3. 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.
  4. Do cover your seeds with organic matter/mulch to boost up the germination.

Pest/Diseases:

  • Aphids
  • Whitefly
  • Earwigs
  • Rabbits
  • Cutworms
  • Woodchucks
  • White Mold

Harvest/Storage:

  • 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.

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  1. […] Lettuce – Planted directly into the soil at 1 cm deep, covered by a thin layer of soil, sun to semi-shade position. Germination will take place at 7 – 14 days and harvesting will take place within 90 – 120 days. Its a crop that does not need a lot of maintenance and adds a refreshing texture to salads. Water moderately. Know how to grow lettuce successfully. […]

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