Anyway, my new patio garden is just loving it and today I have an urban lettuce container gardening tutorial for you.
I have a wide variety of self perpetuating Lettuce growing that I can pick from their sides as they grow. This way I can keep eating fresh lettuce for a longer time.
I planted these about two weeks ago as seedlings and purchased them from a local school nursery at the markets.
I usually grow them straight from seed, but these where only $2 for a punnet of about 8 plants.
I do recommend that you sprout new seedlings about every 3 weeks, so you keep them going. For me lettuce is probably my only salad plant growing on the patio that takes up most of my time.
However, I am planting more self perpetuating plants that I can continually pick from and add to my salads and meals.
You will be able to find out more about these plants over time as I produce more videos, blog posts and from my podcast audio show.
Once you know what they all are, you too will be able to grow an endless amount of salad plants to add to your dishes too.
What am I using to Grow my Lettuce?
- 1 Shallow self watering container
- Quality high grade organic potting mix with compost and peat
- Liquid fertilizer - This is a pre-made mixture of seaweed and fish emulsion. The seaweed provides the vigor and health, the fish emulsion the nitrogen for fast leaf growth.
- TIPS: Don't let your container become to dry, but keep slightly damp for optimum growth and flavour.
- In extreme heat move out of full sun, this will slow the plant from bolting to seed too quickly.
- Liquid fertilize every 3 days with seaweed/fish emulsion mixture
- Pick when needed
- Keep an eye out for Aphids, and if they come spray with Neem or Pyrethrum if infestentation occurs. Remove by hand when you have small amounts, this way you won't kill any beneficial insects by spraying.
- Enjoy and teach your kids too a long the way!
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