Tips on Growing Lettuce

Things You Should Know About Gardening

by: Marilyn Pokorney

  • Lettuce is an easy to grow spring and autumn vegetable.
    It's two worst enemies are hot temperatures and slugs.

    Here are some tips to grow lettuce all summer long, even
    when temperatures soar.


    *Make sure soil contains a good supply of nitrogen for good
    leaf production.

    *Make early plantings in full sun.

    *Plant the seeds 1/8 inch deep in a wide row, 6 inches apart
    in all directions.

    *Plant every two weeks for a continuous harvest all summer
    long.

    *As the weather warms up, start planting in partial shade.
    Either on the side of the house that receives morning sun or
    in the shade of other taller plants such as corn broccoli
    etc.

    *Keep weeds under control as lettuce has shallow roots and
    can't compete with deep rooted weeds.

    *Keep soil moist but not wet. Water at the base of the
    plant and not the leaves wet leaves will encourage disease.

    *Aphids, cabbage loopers, flea beetles, leafhoppers and leaf
    miners are some of the insects that attack lettuce, but slug
    are the most notorious for loving lettuce.

    *Avoid pesticides as lettuce leaves are very tender and
    delicate, and can absorb many insecticides. An insecticidal
    soap or handpicking usually alleviates the majority of
    lettuce pests.

    *One tip to avoid slugs is to avoid mulching lettuce.

    For more tips on how to control slugs on lettuce and in the
    entire garden visit:

    http://www.apluswriting.net/garden/slugs.htm

    About the author:
    Author: Marilyn Pokorney
    Freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the
    environment.
    Also loves crafts, gardening, and reading.
    Website: http://www.apluswriting.net

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