Tricks to Planting a Successful Leaf Lettuce Crop

Leaf lettuce isn’t a difficult vegetable to grow, by any means. However, for the best results, there are some tricks that can be used to plant the lettuce. These aren’t particularly difficult, but they do seem to be almost counter-intuitive, so many people don’t know about them. Light The biggest tip is probably that for lettuce seeds to germinate, they need sunlight as well as water. With most vegetables, the seeds are planted a quarter of an inch to a half an inch deep and sometimes deeper. However, this doesn’t work very well with leaf lettuce. The method that yields great results is to prepare the row for the lettuce, then moisten the row well. Lay down the lettuce seeds, press them firmly into the dampened soil, then water them well, using a fine mist so the seeds don’t get washed away. Clear plastic, such as the plastic wrap used in the kitchen, can be laid down over the top of the seeds to retain moisture while also letting the sunlight through. This isn’t necessary though, as long as the seeds are kept quite moist until they germinate. If the conditions and temperatures are right, germination usually takes place within two days, provided that the seeds are reasonably fresh. (Lettuce seed starts losing its viability in a year or so.) Temperature Lettuce is a cool-weather crop and grows best when the temperatures are 55 F to 65 F. Despite this, the best germination of the seed occurs when the temperatures Continue Reading →

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Reasons to have or build a Greenhouse

Greenhouses exist in many regions and in different countries. They usually aren’t tremendously difficult to build, however for people who are trying hard to handle expenses, the cost of putting in a nice greenhouse can be prohibitive. All things considered, this might cause a person to wonder about the advantages of having a greenhouse. Climate control Properly built, a greenhouse is great for controlling the microclimate it contains. Even in an otherwise cold and dry area, the inside of a greenhouse tends to be humid and warm, and it isn’t especially hard to keep it that way. This means that a wider selection of plants can usually be grown and they can normally be planted earlier in the year than in a conventional garden. Some gardeners grow their plants almost exclusively in a greenhouse, too, rather than bothering with transplanting into a garden plot or flower bed. Greenhouses are even used (with proper ventilation) in tropical areas to keep cool-weather plants from becoming too hot. Prolonged growing season In many areas, the growing season simply isn’t long enough to have tremendous success with crops that require a lot of time to mature. A greenhouse offers a solution, though. Since vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers can be started a month or more earlier than in a backyard garden, the growing season can be substantially lengthened. Even faster maturing plants benefit and it isn’t unusual for a gardener with a greenhouse to be nearly ready to harvest some plants by the time Continue Reading →

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