|Who says lettuce has to be boring? Growing leaf lettuce is a great way to get more variety in your salad without taking up a lot of space.
Leaf lettuces can be grown in well-cultivated soil, in a raised bed or even in a container on your patio or terrace and so long as it gets plenty of water and sunlight, you will have lettuce all season long.
Growing Leaf Lettuce
In our shop we offer a big selection of lettuce seed, any of which would be a great addition to your garden. If you’re new to growing lettuce at home, I strongly suggest that you try Black Seeded Simpson. It is delicious and prolific. Direct sow leaf lettuce seed outdoors when the temperatures are consistently in the 40 degrees F range or above. Sow 4-6 seeds in each square foot of space in the ground or in containers. When seedlings are about 2” tall, thin them to about 6” apart if necessary. The best part is that with leaf lettuces you can eat the thinnings in your next salad so nothing goes to waste.
The best part about growing leaf lettuce at home is knowing where your food comes from, but if you consider the cost of good quality organic lettuce at the market, growing your own lettuce is really a no-brainer. For the cost of half a pound of mixed greens you can have enough seed to supply lettuce for your entire family all season long.
Harvesting Leaf Lettuce
It is best to harvest leaf lettuces early in the day before the sun is too high in the sky as they will be less susceptible to wilt. If you carefully clip just the leaves you want for your immediate use, you’ll give the plants plenty of time to produce again and again throughout the growing season. Depending on the type and variety of leaf lettuce you grow, your harvest could begin in as few as 45 days.