Lettuce seeds can be sown from early spring to early autumn. Learn how to do it right to harvest a good crop, even from the smallest beds.
Lettuce seeds can be sown as a separate bed, and between other vegetables. Carrots, parsnips and even tomatoes are considered good neighbors of the salad.
It is possible to sow several rows of lettuce between roses or other flowers directly on the flowerbed.
This method will help you out if the seed is not very much. To all sown salad seeds sprouted, they must be prepared in advance. Do not neglect preseeding preparation and drop dry seeds into the ground using the method of spot sowing. It is better to soak them for a day in water, and if it is an infusion of ash, then the seeds will also be enriched with trace elements. To cook it will need:
- 2 tbsp. l ash;
- 150 ml of water.
Ash poured into the water, mix thoroughly, insist 2 days, then filtered. In this infusion, lettuce seeds are left for 24 hours, and after that, slightly swollen, they are sown in wells up to 2 cm deep.
Preparation of beds - one of the important points in the process of sowing and harvest
The distance between the seeds depends on the type of salad. Leafs can be sown 5-6 cm apart, but half-capped and headed 8-10 and 15-20 cm, respectively. From above, the seeds are covered with loose earth and slightly compacted.
This method is suitable for those who are going to grow lettuce for sale. He allows to receive greens in very early terms. To get a seedling of lettuce, you must prepare the seeds, as in the description of the first method. Then they should be sown in a tank with a depth of no more than 3 cm and wait for seedlings.
These shoots can be planted in a pile on the garden
After 4-6 days, when the first cotyledon leaves appear, it is necessary to carefully remove 3-5 lettuce seedlings together with the ground and a bunch of planted trees in the prepared grooves on the garden bed.
It is better to sow varieties of lettuce, which is not peculiar to bolting, for example, Dude, Major, Tango, Enthusiasm.
The distance between such lettuce must be at least 20 cm.
This method is suitable for those who want to quickly get the first greens. Lettuce seeds are sown on a prepared bed at a distance of 3 cm from each other. Between the rows retreat by 10 cm.
For thick sowing lettuce seeds can not soak
If you sow or plant lettuce seedlings in dry soil, the plants will quickly go to the arrow and become bitter.
Choose varieties that are not subject to marksmanship.
The method of thickened sowing does not imply thinning of seedlings and obtaining a large number of leaves. The first harvest can be removed after 5 weeks. And if the leaves are cut at a height of 2-4 cm from the ground, after 6 weeks you can get another harvest.
When choosing a sowing method, rely on your capabilities and goals. If there is little seed, stop at a point sowing, if you plan to sell a salad, you need to master the semi-seed method. And for the most impatient, thickened sowing will be optimal.