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I’m Maria, the "Plant Killer Turned Plant Lady" with a mission to help you care for plants successfully, grow your indoor jungles, and cultivate more joy in your life. I've got tons of content for you here on the blog, on the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast, and Bloom and Grow Youtube Show to help you keep blooming and keep growing.
Did you know that the freshest and most delicious lettuce comes from growing them yourself? At home, Billy and I haven’t bought a plastic box of lettuce in months and enjoy fresh salad almost daily! We’ve been growing lettuce hydroponically indoors and are now gearing up to start our outdoor lettuce garden. In this episode, we’re joined by Nicole Burke from Gardenary, who shares her expertise on growing lettuce and how you can start your own lettuce garden, even if you don’t have a lot of space or experience! Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a houseplant parent looking to expand your plant collection, this episode has something for everyone.
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Growing lettuce is a great way to get into gardening and doesn’t require a lot of materials or space! We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to get started.
The great part about lettuce is that you can do this in a high rise, no matter your setup. To get started, you’ll need four things:
Tip: Don’t leave your seeds unattended during the first two weeks. They need daily watering to stay moist.
For beginners, choosing which type of lettuce to grow can be challenging. Nicole decided to share with us her favorite types of lettuce that are perfect for beginners!
Loose Leaf Lettuces: The Easiest to Start
Biennial Lettuces: Greens That Last
Head Lettuces: A Little More Challenging
Give your lettuce plenty of root space and don’t be afraid to experiment with spacing to achieve different sizes of leaves. And most importantly, have fun with it!
With just a small space, a few supplies, and a bit of time, you can have a delicious salad in no time!
What You Need
To get started, all you need is 16 square feet of space, which can be in the form of a 2 x 8 bed, 1 by 16, or 4 x 4. To fill your bed, mix together equal parts topsoil, compost, and sand. You can also add earthworm castings for an extra boost.
Next, grab two packages of spring mix salad seeds from your favorite seed source. I love spring mixes from Territorial Seed Company.
When it’s time to plant, simply hold the seeds in your hand and shake them over the bed. Then, use a hand rake to make sure the seeds have good soil contact and a light covering. For extra protection, spread some earthworm castings over the top.
Finally, use a 2-gallon watering can to lightly water the bed. This will help the seeds germinate.
Caring For Your Lettuce
Once you’ve planted your lettuce, keep the bed watered for the next eight days. After that, you can slow down the watering to every two to three days.
By day 30, you should have a bed full of tiny leaves! At this point, you can start harvesting. Cut the lettuce from the outside and leave two to three inches of leaf growth above the soil level. Then, come back in 15 or 20 days and repeat.
Harvesting vegetables is a great way to enjoy fresher, crisper produce. Here are some tips from Nicole to ensure you get the best results from your harvest:
By following these tips, you can make sure that your homegrown lettuce and greens are fresh, crisp, and delicious every time you harvest. So head out to your garden to enjoy the fruits (or rather, vegetables) of your labor!
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