Now I know that many people struggle with growing lettuce. Actually it's not to difficult to grow, but to get the taste right takes a couple of little tricks.
95% of the lettuces you eat these days are grown hydroponically.
They grow lettuce in hydroponic systems not only because it's easier, but because they grow super fast!
Guess what? The faster the lettuce grows the better it tastes!
Slow growing lettuces taste bitter, and we don't want a bitter lettuces, defeats the point really!
So, how do we do this without using chemicals such as hydroponics?
The key is a really good fertile soil if you are growing in the ground or above ground beds.
TIP: Lettuce love nitrogen as nitrogen produces leaf growth, so add plenty of Blood and Bone to get tasty lettuce!
Use a top quality premium potting mix when growing in containers.
Liquid fertilize two - three times a week using a weaker than usual solution. I like to use a mixture of fish emulsion with seaweed.
Also, worm wee from the worm works great too!
Another trick is never let your soil or container dry out. Keep the water up to these guys and try to get them growing as fast as they possibly can.
This way you will not have a bitter tasting lettuce and it will be nice and juicy!
So, that's How To Grow Fresh Tasty Lettuce at home!
But, What Lettuce Should We Grow?
"Mmmmm", easy answer to the question isn't it!
So, I will tell you what I like to grow.
I actually buy a seed packet called "Salad Mix" from Yates in Australia, but other companies have similar seed products. After your first crop you can collect your own seeds and start all over again.
Why do I choose Salad Mix?
Because it has a variety of lettuce seeds in the one pack.
This includes all the lettuce varieties that you can pick directly from as they grow.
This way you have a continual supply of fresh tasty lettuce.
Lettuces That You Can Pick From As They Grow!
Cos, Mignonettes, Nutty Buttercrunch and Icebergs are my top picks to grow and add to the home salad.
Also, I really like to grow Rocket with my lettuce and mix it through, but thats up to you and is another whole article!
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Marty & Karin