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Get your vegetable patch started with these gardening tutorials.
You Will Need
- Lettuce seeds
- Soil bed
- Garden tools
- Research (optional)
- Internet access (optional)
- Mulch (optional)
Consider growing hydroponic lettuce
Consider growing lettuce hydroponically if you want lettuce throughout the year. This can be done in a greenhouse or at home in pots.
Start seeds indoors
Start your seeds indoors, ¼-inch deep, ½-inch apart, in a 4-inch deep container. Start the seeds 3 to 4 weeks before transplanting outside.
Choose an area with well-draining soil where your plants will receive full sun.
Prep your soil
Prepare your soil bed by breaking up the soil with garden tools, adding 2 to 4 inches of compost, and digging a ½-inch trench for the seedlings.
Plant the seedlings
Plant the seedlings after the last frost, spaced according to package directions. Different varieties of lettuce require different spacing.
Water the plants on a regular basis. Avoid watering in the evening, which attracts snails and slugs.
Harvest the leaves when they are large enough to eat. Pick the leaves in the early morning when the leaves are crisp.