I’ve been really pleased with my lettuces this Spring. I grow lettuces all year round but they seem to grow quickest in spring.
I sow loose leaf lettuce seed on a monthly basis. I sow it in seed trays then pot the seedlings up into herb pots. I plant them out into gaps in my beds when the plants are reasonably mature. Doing it this way means that they only occupy space in the beds for a couple of weeks before I can start to harvest leaves from them.
On average a lettuce plant seems to last for a couple of months before bolting. It depends a bit on season and position in the garden but I find if I plan on a two month productive life span I have a cosntant supply of leaves.
In my garden at the moment are:
- Salad Bowl – both red and green.
and quite a few unidentified plants that are either from unlabelled saved seed or lettuce seed mixes.
I have to say I am a big fan of growing lettuces and they are certainly pretty in the garden. I just wish the kids were as big a fan of them as I am. Shame the plants that I find easiest to be self sufficient in are also the ones they are least inclined to eat…