How To Plant Lettuce.
Have I mentioned that I grow most of my plants from seeds? Seeds that I stick directly in the ground? In the garden? Where they will grow into big plants that will make me food?
Why I do this:
- It’s easier.
- It’s cheaper. 1 packet of seeds = dozens and dozens of plants. Planting seeds in the ground saves me hundreds of dollars.
- I can plant whenever I want. I don’t have to wait for the big-box store to sell seedlings.
- My seeds never go through the “shock” of being moved from an indoor light-hut to the outdoors.
- They never go through the “shock” of being transplanted.
- They never go through the “shock” of being relocated from a greenhouse to wind, rain and all the elements.
- They establish strong root systems and are healthier.
- Healthier plants mean stronger plants who can withstand attacks from pests and diseases.
- I like watching seeds emerge from the soil and grow into huge plants that will feed my family.
Lettuce is generally a cool season crop. It grows best and has the best flavor when grown in cool temperatures. I’ll be honest. I grow lettuce all spring, summer and fall. My secret is to continually plant new seeds. As long as I harvest the lettuce while it is young the flavor is good. I have also found that red lettuce is more heat tolerant than other varieties.
Let’s plant some lettuce!
I started with a bed. I have roughly 20 raised beds. They are filled with a hodge podge of manure (chicken, goat, cow, horse). I’m not picky. I’ll take any manure I can get. Thank you.
I pulled out all the weeds, rocks and sticks that emerged in the bed over the winter.
After weeding, I used my old, metal-rake handle to make a straight divot. I also use this handle to poke holes in the ground to put onion sets in.
I made all my rows using the rake handle.
Then I sprinkled the seeds in the row.
I planted a few varieties in this bed. I put spinach seeds in the back row, 2 rows of butter crunch lettuce seeds in the center, and radish seeds in the front row.
When I lived in a neighborhood I used to garden in shorts and a tank top. Not anymore. Now I live in the middle of nowhere with poison ivy, poison oak, chiggers, man-eating mosquitoes, horseflies, deer flies, ticks and other HUGE flying things I can’t identify.
So I wear this get-up.
Better safe than sorry.
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