Growing Lettuces

If you’re looking to get green fingers this lockdown, why not try growing your own vegetables? Miffy has been working hard to prepare her garden for sowing lettuce seeds. She has started a little early so, for now, Miffy is sowing indoors in seed trays and will plant out in early March – just in time for spring.

Growing lettuces is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Here are some handy tips to help you get started:

  1. First, pick the type of lettuce that you want to grow – choose from butterhead, cos or crisphead. You may have heard of a crisphead type before – the iceberg lettuce can be found in supermarkets! Yum!
  2. When the time comes to move your seeds outdoors, sow a short row every fortnight – this means every few weeks new lettuces will appear! Sow seed thinly 13mm (½in) deep in rows 30cm (12in) apart. Make sure they’re protected under plastic tunnels.
  3. Make sure to take care of your lettuces by watering them when the soil is dry; the best time to water is in the early morning. Rise and shine!
  4. Your lettuce is ready to cut (ask an adult to help with this) when a firm heart has formed – or when the leaves look big enough to go on your salad.

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