Lettuce Growing Essentials
- Lettuce likes the sun in the colder months, but needs to be protected as much as possible from the hot midday and afternoon sunin the summer. Although lettuce generally prefers cooler growing climates, it is most popular as a salad vegetable during the hot summer months. Fortunately, you can select appropriate varieties for these conditions which makes it possible to grow lettuce year round in frost free climates.
- To prepare your soil for lettuce, for every square metre, add at least half a barrow of compost of aged manure along with around 200 grams or 1 handful of blood and bone. Work it into the soil well with a garden fork to a depth of around 30cm.
- Lettuce is perfect choice for container or pot growing. A 30cm wide pot will hold a single hearty iceberg or two to three Cos, butter head or loose-leaf lettuces. The key is a good quality potting mix. If you’re and organic gardener, make up your own using one half H40 Potting Mix and a quarter of each Earthgrow Soil Conditioner and coir peat.
Did You Know?
Lettuce has a high requirement for nitrogen, but young plants are easily burnt if fresh compost or manure is used… take extra care when selecting your manures and composts!