Welcome to Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s Easy Gardening vegetable videos. Today we’ll be looking closely at leaf lettuce from soil preparation, to planting through harvest.
Greens grow best in a well-drained soil with lots of organic matter. They prefer full sunlight but will tolerate partial shade.
Work the soil into planting beds about 4 inches high. This is especially important in heavy soils.
Use a hoe handle, stick, or similar tool to make planting furrows about ¼ to ½ inch deep and 1½ to 2 feet apart down the bed. Plant seeds about 1 inch apart down the row and cover with loose soil or compost.
After the plants come up and become crowded in the row, begin thinning to 4 inches between plants. Do not throw away thinned plants, as they make excellent tender greens or can be transplanted into another part of your garden.
Harvest leaf lettuce when plants are large enough to use. If you harvest every other plant, those left can have more room to grow.
Wash, drip dry and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Happy eating from Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Junior Master Gardener program.