LETTUCE - Lactuca sativa. Celebrate the great variety of colors,sizes, shapes, textures and tastes of lettuces. Grow a living quilt of different lettuces, or a formal "tic-tac-toe" board. Have as much fun with them in the garden as you can in the kitchen. Of course lettuces are the basics for innumerable salads. We also like Bibb lettuce sauteed with the earliest peas in spring, with a dash of mint. Or romaine lettuce cut in half lengthwise, brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese and pan grilled to perfection.

Planting Directions:    Lettuces grow easily in full sun to partial shade in fertile, well-drained soil. Lettuce requires regular  watering whether it is overhead using a sprinkler, hand watering or drip irrigation. Drip irrigation conserves water, keeps plants well hydrated and reduces weeds in the garden. Start seeding in late winter and sow every two weeks for a steady supply of lettuce. Plant seed in early spring and again in fall at 2 week intervals. Lettuce seed germinates best then temperatures are from 55° to 70˚F. Direct seed by planting seed ¼” deep in well prepared soil that has been amended with a general garden fertilizer or rich compost.  For transplants sow indoors 4 weeks before transplanting outdoors. When young plants are well established in garden area begin thinning. The plants should stand 10-12 in apart. Plant every few weeks as long as weather at harvest time is cool for a continuous supply of crisp, sweet lettuce. Grow  lettuce  quickly  for a crisp leaf. Keep the soil moderately moist during the entire growing season.

 For summer production, select varieties described as bolt resistant. All lettuce varieties are open pollinated. Approximately 31,000 seeds per ounce or 1000 seeds per gram.

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