|LETTUCE - Autumn, Winter
Good for planting at Easter - spring
has always been an easy salad vegetable to grow, which has
made them very popular with the home gardener. Being one
of the main ingredients to salads, lettuce can be grown
and harvested all year round.
There is a huge range to choose from, with different leaf
shapes and colours to add to a bit of pizzazz to your vege
plot. The most used of all lettuce is the Green & Brown
Mignonette. They are a small grower, which makes them ideal
if space is limited. Their mild flavour makes them great
as a sandwich filler.
If you love Caesar Salad then you'll love Cos Lettuce. They
are a loose-leaf variety with heaps of taste. For that old
fashion crispy lettuce you can't go past Yatesdale (Imperial).
The leaves store well and are great for salads. To add a
bit of difference to your salads try Lollo Bionda, it is
a tightly frilled loose-leaf lettuce, which is great just
eaten by itself.
THE GARDEN BED
Prepare your garden (in the full sun) with lots of manure
& compost. 5 in 1® Organic Plant Food is ideal
to dig into your existing soil, as it contains all the nutrients
your lettuce needs to grow bigger heads and have a better
taste. Lettuce are surface rooting, so to prevent their
roots drying out and to keep them cool, an application of
Searles® Mulch Plus is recommended.
Seeds of many varieties are available in the Searles® seed
range and can be sown directly into your garden. Lettuce
seedlings are also available. Plant seeds or seedlings in
rows about 25 - 30cm apart.
POTS OF LETTUCE
If you don't have a space in your garden to start a vegie
plot then don't despair, as lettuce will grow well in pots.
Plant them into Searles® Herb & Vegetable Mix,
which is specially designed for growing herbs and vegetables
WATERING & FERTILISING
It is best to grow lettuce very fast for tender tasty leaves.
Generous feeding with Searles Flourish® Soluble fertiliser
or SeaMax® Fish & Kelp will help you produce a
fantastic crop. Lettuce leaves are full of water so they
love a regular deep thorough watering. Give them a good
watering every couple of days.
Snails love to eat your lettuce so protect your crop with
a snail & slug killer (pellets). A ring of sawdust around
your seedlings will also keep them away because it sticks
to them and they don't cross over the line to feed.
Some gardeners will plant lettuce at 2 - 3 week intervals
to stagger the amount they produce so they have a steady
flow over a prolonged period of time.
plants are at a good size, pick the leaves, as you need
them. It is best to pick them while they are young and not
tart or sour. When the leaves become old, they will loose
Growing lettuce at home is wonderful and highly successful.
They are an easy to grow crop that will produce just about
all year round. If you have children that are just starting
to learn how to garden, then lettuce is great crop for them
to begin on, as they are fast growing and taste great.
Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.
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