Vegetable Garden With Lettuces

Vegetable Garden With Lettuces

About the only way to get great tasting vegetable garden lettuce is to grow your own. Although taste might be one of best reasons for growing your own lettuce, it’s not the only one. Saving a good amount of money and having an almost endless variety to choose from are others. Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) is definitely a cool season vegetable. This means that growing lettuce in your vegetable garden can be done in early spring when temperatures are between 45 and 65 F. (7-18 C.). Lettuce prefers moist, cool conditions, and you don’t even have to worry about chilly weather because the seedlings can tolerate a light frost. When growing lettuce, make sure your soil is loose, fertilized properly and well drained. Your soil should be moist, but not soaked.

Lettuce in your vegetable garden will prefers a slightly acidic soil, so some compost can be worked into the soil if need be. Again, work your soil so there are no clumps. This is important so that the seeds can get good soil to seed contact, which is vital for nutrition. Make sure your lettuce seeds are covered by ¼ to ½ inch finely worked soil. Plant lettuce in rows 12 to 15 inches long, with about 18 inches between rows. When you see growing lettuce seedlings, thin them to 4 to 6 inches apart, which prevents overcrowding.

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