Choosing & Planting Leaf Lettuce

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Knowing what to look for when buying lettuce for your garden is very important to their success and growth. Learn how to choose the best possible lettuce plants for your garden in this free horticulture video from a veteran gardener. View Video Transcript

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Bartholomew DiVietri

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Today we are going to talk about how to pick out and care for a good leaf lettuce. This is not a head lettuce it's a little bit different because you're just going to get these leaves. This particular variety here is going to mature in about forty five days which is faster than the other romaine or head lettuces. Let’s see, you just want to make sure that there's no brown spots or anything on the leaves. These all look pretty good, it is missing one there, so I would get one that has four in it like that one, that's pretty good right there. It's got a plant in each one. All looks pretty green and good, it's not dying off or anything. It's pretty wet and moist they are taking care of these pretty good. You need to plant these in full sun, just like every other vegetable plant pretty much. And you can use any kind of potting mix or garden soil. Good black dirt is going to be good for these, so they can get the nutrients they want. Definitely can use a good Miracle Gro fertilizer or any kind of vegetable fertilizer but Miracle Gro I would recommend. Don't forget to water them, very important that you don't forget to water your vegetable plants. They will dry out quick so at least once a day I recommend, but if you can't, get it at least once every two days, it should be good enough. And make sure they're in full sun and don't forget about them. They'll definitely need that water and Miracle Gro is going to help them get about twice as big, twice as fast so I would definitely recommend using a good Miracle Gro fertilizer ok. And in about forty five days you should have some good leaf lettuce. Now when picking these out, before you plant them you want to make sure you take a look at that tag because it's going to tell you about how far to space them out. This particular one is about six to eight inches it says. So you got to give them enough room to grow. You don't want to be planting them too close because then they might get all too crammed up on the insides will start browning out on them so you want to make sure you space them properly.