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:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.