How to grow lettuce
by Mr McGregor
I’d like to say that the sun has been shining in Woodbridge, but that unfortunately would be a fib. Rain might be falling, but I’m substituting hot meals for salads. Its summer and that means lettuce, tomatoes, spring onions and cucumber. I’m currently looking forward to harvesting quite a lot of lettuce so the family has no choice but to enjoy some salads even if the weather isn’t as hot as we’d hoped.
The great thing about growing lettuce is that it can be grown almost all year round and it’s one of the easiest crops to grow. Perfect for the first time grower and you will find all the information and instructions you need to grow your own lettuce below.
How to grow
• Growing in a raised bed or allotment you will need to sow your seeds in drills half inch deep and 15cm apart
• If growing in rows ensure that they’re 30cm apart
• Cover your seeds with soil and gently firm
• If the soil is dry, water well and within a week to a fortnight you should see your seedlings begin to grow
• Gradually thin out your lettuce plants until they’re roughly 25cm apart
Follow the same instructions if you’re growing in a container, but there may only be space for one plant, depending on the size of your container.
• Lift any effected plants and throw them away (not in the compost bin)
• To protect them from root aphid without the use of chemicals place a horticultural fleece over them. This will allow sunlight and water through
• Cover your seedlings with plastic bottles (ends cut off)
• Create a barrier with egg shells or sand
• Use slug pellets if you’re not adverse to the use of chemicals
• Use a fleece or netting at the first sighting of the insects. This will also prevent birds pecking at your crops
• Spraying chemicals can be used if preferred
Mr McGregor is a guest writer for Notcutts, who specialise in outdoor living including growing your own and garden furniture.