What's the trick to growing lettuce?
Our family enjoys the flavor of homegrown lettuce, but I have trouble starting it in the ground. The seeds either don't germinate, or they come up so thick that thinning out the seedlings becomes a tedious job. What's the trick?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Try jump-starting your plants indoors from seed. It's easier and faster to transplant seedlings exactly where you want them than to thin out the leafy crowd in the ground. And because you'll be planting seedlings instead of seeds outside, you'll also have a head start on the growing season-a plus in areas with short summers. Here's a tip to keep lettuce (Lactuca) all summer long: In spring, choose lettuces with different maturity dates. Heat-tolerant, slow-bolting types (those that don't produce seed as quickly) can be transplanted into your garden last. If you're planting lettuce where your summer garden will grow, plant it between the rows where you'll be sowing hot-weather lovers such as tomatoes and peppers.

Answered by BHGgardenEditors
Community Answers (2)

I never had any luck starting indoors. I sow directly in my garden and grow in between corn and tomatoes. Lettuce likes a little bit of shade, too! (My Italian grow-it-all-yourself neighbors plant theirs under trees!) Even though we just had our last frost 2 weeks ago, I already have almost-ready Bibb lettuce in my garden that was a whoopsy! surprise from last year from a few plants I let go to seed and by a small miracle, they cropped up in a row! I plant lettuce early and harvest often
Submitted by bigpaws12