Nothing adds great taste to your salad than a fresh lettuce. Growing lettuce in your home garden becomes an added advantage for you.
Lettuce not only tastes good but also provides better health for you and it needs very less space to grow.
There are certain essential things that you should know before planting lettuce in your home garden.
So, here are some of those important guidelines in growing lettuce.
- For all varieties of lettuce plants, fluffy and well-composted soil favors for growing tasty leaves of lettuce. So, add lots of organic matter to the soil in which you are going to sow lettuce plant seeds.
- Lettuce needs full sun to partial shade and usually cool weather favors lettuce to grow quickly. So, you can directly plant the seeds in the garden 2 to 4 weeks before your last expected frost and then transplant outside in a cold frame or under row covers.
- The roots of lettuce do not grow very deep, so it is very important for you to keep the space free from weeds and many other grass plants that can invade the growth of lettuce.
- Watering the plants with compost tea or fish emulsion at least once in a week is very essential until they grow 4 inches tall.
- Lettuce plants have many problems with diseases and pests and usually many insects love to eat lettuce leaves. So, washing the leaves with high pressure hose can help to get rid of pests.
If you take proper care in growing lettuce, you can enjoy your salads with fresh lettuce every season.