How to grow Lettuce

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Lettuce

The soil for planting needs to be neutral – alkaline, have adequate organic matter and to be kept moist throughout the life of the crop. Choose a sunny or lightly shaded site. In the autumn or early winter, dig the soil and incorporate compost. Shortly before sowing rake the soil to produce a fine tilth and apply a
general fertiliser.

Sowing Time

Can be sown throughout the year. Always read the packet.

Crop Care

Thin the seedlings as soon as the first true leaves appear. Water the day before thinning. Continue thinning at intervals until the plants are 12” apart. Put slug pellets down and protect plants from birds. Hoe regularly and keep unprotected plants watered. Plants that are undercover should be kept on the dry side. Always try to water in the morning.

Harvesting

Lettuce is ready for cutting, as soon as the firm heart has formed. Test by pressing the heart with the back of your hand. Cut and come again lettuce does not produce a firm heart so it can be cut as and when you need it. Ideally harvest lettuce first thing in the morning.

Loose Leaf

• Salad Bowl
• Red S alad bowl
• Lollo Rosso
• Cancan
• Stealth

Cos

• Lobjoits green
• Paris White
• Little Gem
• Dazzle
• Pandero
• Marshall
• Rusty

Butterhead

• All the Year Round
• Tom Thumb
• Continuity
• Buttercrunch
• Hilde
• Suzan
• Imperial winter
• Musette

Crisp head

• Webbs Wonderful
• Windermere
• Avoncrisp
• Iceberg
• Lakeland
• J efferson
• S et
 

 

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