Lettuce is one of the easiest and most popular of all vegetables. Because it is so versatile and fast- Growing lettuce in raised beds or other raised garden settings is easy. One of the best parts about growing your own vegetables is the wide array of different kinds to plant which are not usually available at your local grocery store. Here are some quick growing tips on how to plant lettuce with great results…
Make sure that your garden rows are at least three feet apart. Beets and lettuce need a fair amount of space in order to thrive. Be careful not to crowd the rows too much, or you will have no room for the healthy leaves and stems to grow. Also, make sure that you are harvesting and pruning your vegetables properly to avoid having to over water or harvest too early. Harvest at the right time – not when you think it’s done flowering. That way, you’ll be able to get the most out of each harvest.
It is not always easy to get the proper fertilizer for a variety of foods. Raised beds are great because their soil is generally well-draining and holds more nutrients than many other garden soils. Fertilizer must be applied in carefully measured amounts and only once a month if using organic fertilizers; once a year for food gardeners using chemical fertilizers. Remember to test the fertilizer on a small section of your plants to make sure you don’t accidentally overdose on the fertilizer.
Planting seeds is often the most labor-intensive part of growing any vegetable. You must germinate (cover) the seeds with either the seed package or moist media. Then the seeds should be covered with either loose or tight soil and left to germinate. Keep the space between the rows open to let the seeds escape and/or sun them until they begin to sprout.
After the seeds are sprouted, you can fertilize them with either organic or inorganic fertilizer, depending on the product. Make sure you follow the package directions carefully. Organic fertilizers should be applied as directed. If you have trouble getting the proper fertilizer for your food, there are a few things you can do to increase the nutritional value of what you are growing. For example, by keeping food exposed to the sun for longer periods of the day, you can greatly increase the amount of nitrogen your food will retain. In addition, you can make the soil more well-draining by removing all standing water and compost to improve the water-holding capacity of the soil.
You can also use manure from your animals to benefit your plants. Usually, you can purchase manure in bags at feed stores or by contacting a local animal shelter. Manure is beneficial to growing lettuce because it provides plant nutrients that are especially helpful during periods of cold weather. Manure also has a high nitrogen content that will help your plants thrive during those periods. Before using manure on your plants, however, you should test the soil to see if it is still acid enough to support the growth of your chosen plants.
There are a couple other things you should keep in mind when growing lettuce plants in a raised bed. First, keep an eye on the plants themselves to determine if they are producing any flowers or berries. Also, keep an eye out for early blooming plants that will turn yellow as the seasons change. These flowers and berries are your food sources as the intense sunlight causes them to grow quickly.
Finally, make sure you properly prune your vegetables so that their natural shape and beauty is maintained. When you grow lettuce in raised beds, you should be aware of how much space you have to work with so that you do not over-water the garden. This is important because too much water will make your plants drown. Also, the gardener should be sure that all weeds are removed from the rows before winter sets in so that the vegetables stay healthy through the coldest and snowy months of the year.