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Lettuce

Lactuca sativa

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This ‘Crisphead’ lettuce is a summer salad staple, lettuce is at its crispest and sweetest straight from the garden.

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Getting started

  • Peel the sticker off and find your soil tablet, leave it in the tray. 
  • Pour 60ml of water into the hole with the soil tablet. All the way to the top of the hole. 
  • Let the soil tablet absorb all the water for 5 minutes. 
  • Mix the water into the soil with your fingers to make a even wet mixture. 
  • Remember to wash your hands when you’re done.

How to keep your Little Garden healthy

  • Place the tray in a place with enough light, but not directly in the sun. 
  • Check the soil every day. If the soil feels dry and crumbly, pour a small amount of clean water over the surface. 
  • You should see a little plant appear from the soil in few days, which means the seeds have germinated and will be ready soon to move into a bigger pot or garden. 
  • You can thin your lettuce seedling by choosing the strongest-looking one if more than one little plant grows.

When your seedling is ready to go in the garden

  • The lettuce is ready to shift into the garden or pot, when it is about as tall as your finger (in approx. 1 month). 
  • Get your lettuce used to life outside: put it in a warm and sheltered spot for 1-2 hours a day and return inside for the night. Do this for 4-5 days, leaving it outside for a little longer each day before you shift it out into the garden forever.

Planting best practice

  • Give your lettuce a spot with morning sun and afternoon shade, especially in hotter parts of the country. In full sun, lettuce is likely to bolt to seed and will start to taste bitter. 
  • Make sure to water it regularly.

Look after your plant while it’s growing

  • The faster lettuces grow, the crisper and sweeter the leaves will taste. 
  • Water regularly and feed your lettuce liquid fertiliser every couple of weeks. 
  • Lettuce can be affected by downy mildew, a fungal infection.

Harvest time

  • Once the lettuce head forms, but before the outer leaves turn brown (in approx. 5-6 weeks) the lettuce is ready to harvest.

Watch out

  • Lettuce can be affected by downy mildew, a fungal infection that causes a white film on the leaves. If you notice this, remove affected leaves and spray the plant weekly with a milk and baking soda spray. 
  • Better create your own pest protection, lay out bait or pick off these slimy pests. 
  • Consider protecting each plant with a cover (cloche) made from a used plastic bottle.

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