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Now's the time to start planting lettuce. If you can't decide what variety to pick, try this Salad Bowl Mix. Quick to mature and frost hardy.
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Okay, we confess. We have no idea what varieties of lettuce are in this mix, as the grower didn't tell us. Could be Black Seeded Simpson, or a butter lettuce such as Buttercrunch, or possibly Great Lakes, a very tasty iceberg type. What we can tell you is that regardless of the variety, there are some basic rules of thumb.
First, lettuces are all frost tolerant, so as soon as the soil is workable and at least 40 degrees, put these starts out, either straight into the ground or into container planters, even hanging baskets. The hotter it gets, the more likely your lettuce will bolt/flower, and there goes all that great flavor. Second, we recommend giving every plant a head start with some of our dry organic fertilizer, Root Power. Mix it into the soil, pop in the start, and it's good to go. Finally, keep these lovely greens watered because let's face it, lettuce is a very juicy vegetable, and sitting out in the sun all day is a very drying proposition.
Lettuce is one of those veggies that can be harvested pretty quickly. If you enjoy baby greens, start picking outer leaves when they're about 2 - 4 inches tall, but leave at least half the leaves for continued growth. If you harvest a whole head of lettuce, cut it about 2 inches above the ground and it will regrow.
|Culinary Uses||Salads, toppings for sandwiches or surprise - soups!|
|Harvest Time||Maturity at 45 - 48 days. Otherwise, harvest individual outer leaves as needed, leaving at least half the leaves for continuing growth.|
|Cold Hardiness||Frost tolerant annual|
|Light||Sun to partial sun|
|Photos||Real images, not stock photos|