How to grow lettuce in a garden

  1. Choose a spot in your garden that sits in full sun and enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  2. Lettuce seeds are very tiny and only need to be sown 3mm deep. Don’t sow them any deeper, otherwise they won’t be able to grow.  Sow a few seeds directly into each planting hole and lightly cover with soil. You can also raise in trays of Yates Seed Raising Mix and transplant when 3-4cm high.
  3. Once seedlings appear, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like sugarcane or pea straw. 
  4. Water regularly to keep the soil moist, otherwise lettuce can be bitter tasting. 
  5. Make successive sowings every few weeks to extend your harvest window and snip or pick outer leaves often to encourage more growth.

     


How to grow lettuce in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 200mm and position in full sun. Fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. 
  2. Sow a few seeds directly into each planting hole and lightly cover with soil. You can also raise in trays of Yates Seed Raising Mix and transplant when 3-4cm high.
  3. Once seedlings appear, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food.
  4. Water regularly to keep the soil moist, otherwise lettuce can be bitter tasting. 
  5. Make successive sowings every few weeks to extend your harvest window and snip or pick outer leaves often to encourage more growth. 

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Growing tips

  • Lettuce seeds can be sown straight into the garden (or pots) or you can start them off in trays or punnets first.

  • Keep the seeds moist while they germinate and start to grow. They also like to be kept moist, so water them well, especially on warm days. 

  • The quicker lettuce grows, the more tender and sweet it is! This means it’s important to feed lettuce plants every week with a fast acting liquid fertiliser like Yates Thrive Herb & Vegie Liquid Plant Food, which helps lettuces grow lots of lovely leaves.

  • You don’t need to pick the whole lettuce. You can pick off some of the outer leaves as you need them, remembering to break the leaves off near the base. Picking these leaves also helps to keep the lettuce growing for longer. 

  • Water at soil level, rather than overhead, to minimise risk of disease.


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