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Growing Lettuce




Soil preparation for the garden has to start February 1st. If you do not plan ahead then your plants will be struggling while your soil is trying to play catch-up.

Lettuce is said to be one of the few things that is easier to grow than Pepper plants. There is no reason that a garden should not have lettuce planted in it, as it does so well in the filtered shade created under the canopy of your pepper and tomato plants.

Spring Planting

Leaf lettuce is very easy to grow from seed and because it is a cool season crop, you will actually plant it 3 or 4 weeks before the last frost in spring. Lettuce grows well in the same type soil as most of your other crops, including your tomatoes and peppers. Since you will be sewing your lettuce seeds or planting your plants a month ahead of your other vegetables, incorporate nitrogen rich amenities like blood meal or black kow manure into your soil.



Warm weather will make your lettuce bolt (bloom). This will make your lettuce taste bitter, therefore be sure to harvest all your lettuce before the heat arrives. If you wait a little bit too long and your lettuce has a little bit of a bitter taste, refrigeration can help get rid of that in many cases. Ideal temperatures for lettuce are between 45 and 80 degrees. Planting it early is critical so it can be harvested before the heat of summer arrives.

Fall Planting

Because you need to avoid warm temperatures, fall planting of your lettuce crop ideally should be planted about 4 to 8 weeks before your first Fall frost date. Different types of lettuce require different spacing, therefore read the tag or package for the recommended spacing. Amend your plot with a good flower vegetable soil in order to promote a vast and healthy root system.




Insects


Every plant has particular insects that are attracted to it. Lettuce is particularly prone to Aphids. The Home Depot has the quickest and safest ways to treat your garden.


Prevention is the best way to keep your garden healthy. By avoiding insecticides and incorporating beneficial organisms and insects into the garden that naturally occur, you can feel safe and know exactly what you are eating.


The Home depot sells Beneficial nematodes that are parasitic to all those insects with larva or pupal stages in the ground as well as those that pupate and turn to adults above ground. These Nematodes are responsible for the killing of over 200 different insects.


Using organic insecticides is a great way to insure that what we are eating, stays safe to eat while not killing the bees that are critical to a healthy ecosystem.



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