how do i grow lettuce
If you are growing lettuce as a baby leaf, you can directly sow your seeds outside just after the last frost. The seeds are planted close together, about 9 per square-foot. Try seeding every few weeks for a continued harvest all season long.
Keep in mind that lettuce seeds are very small and will need to be planted close to the soils surface. You'll need to just barely cover the seeds with a fine textured planting mix.
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For baby leaf lettuce, harvest once the plant reaches 4-6" you can start harvesting. Try using the "cut and come again" harvesting technique, this is where you cut the entire plant down to 1" and wait for regrowth.
Try to harvest your lettuce in the morning, as the heat of the day can cause it to taste more bitter.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
If you would like an unusual and unique salad, then plant as many varieties of lettuce as you can. When planting bury the plant a bit deeper than soil level so the plant stands up tall, it is more important to keep the leaves off the ground to prevent pests and disease.
1 leaf :Vitamin A (7%), Vitamin K (10%)
Preparing and Using
Lettuce is best consumed fresh and as soon as possible after harvesting. Storing it in the fridge in an airtight container will keep it fresh for a few weeks. Use it as the base for all your salads right through the growing season.