Grow Your Own Lettuce and Mixed Greens
Plant in a container or in an outdoor bed. Lettuce and mixed greens go from garden-to-table, to tastiness in your plate in minutes.
Gourmet lettuce varieties and mixed greens are widely available in the produce section of your local grocer, but are often pricey, slightly wilted and lack flavor. This winter, reduce your food budget by planting your own mixed greens and salads. Cool-weather salad fixings are easy to produce and last until the summer heat sets in.
Great For Containers
It doesn’t matter if you are a suburban-sprawler or an urban-jungler, growing salad greens fits the bill. Lettuce's hardiness means you can have elegant plant pots near your kitchen, so harvesting is a convenient mealtime container-to-table ritual.
Growing Lettuce From Seeds
Lettuce can be easily grown from seed. Growing from seed allow you to grow and enjoy a wide selection of plant varieties, tastes and textures. Varieties such as Red Salad Bowl, Parris Island Organic, Great Lakes #1108 Crisphead, Buttercrunch, Mesclun Mix, and Rocket Salad Coltivata Daorto offer delicious options for your winter meals.
Here’s how to grow your own delicious mixed greens and lettuce varieties this winter:
- Fill a container with damp potting soil, and sprinkle a generous amount of seeds on top.
- Lettuce loves light, and germinates quickly when exposed to a light source (lamp or sun). Be sure to lightly cover the seeds with a thin layer of potting mix to allow some light to hit the seeds.
- Lightly mist or sprinkle the soil and seeds with water daily until the seeds germinate -- usually within 7 to 10 days.
- As the seedlings sprout and grow, the container will become thick with lettuce plant foliage. When they reach 2 inches tall, thin the lettuce by transferring half of them, to another container so they will have sufficient room to mature.
- When they reach maturity, grasp the tiny plants at their bases, gently pulling them from the soil.
- Gently rinse the freshly pulled greens in cold water, and you'll have the makings of a first salad.
Now enjoy your meal!
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- Barbara Collito