Growing lettuce outdoors can be done with a little planning and some care. It will grow much slower than those that are being grown indoors, but it can also grow much bigger.
A good growing combination is a peat-based soil mixture, either compost or vermiculite, perlite or coir, and fine sand. Mix your soil in half and then pour in the fine sand, mixing well. Mix in a little perlite and some coarse vermiculite as well.
To start planting, prepare the soil by breaking up the coarse sand into small pieces. Add a tablespoon of perlite in each hole. Fill in the holes with your seeds, using the holes that were already drilled for seeds. Cover them up well with some of the loose sand to seal them. This allows for good air circulation around the plants while they are growing.
Planting your seeds, about one inch deep, in the holes, just before the first frosts appear on the leaves. It is important to fertilize your seeds thoroughly after they are planted so that the nutrients are released, as well as to help them germinate.
When the first leaf begins to appear, move it to another location as the plant life develops. As the plants mature and produce new leaves, continue moving the leaves to different locations.
You can either grow your lettuce for the first year in a large pot or grow your greens with lights only, where the lights are placed over the entire plant and turned off at night. The lights will help your lettuce grow fast and healthy. For the first year, you do not need to worry about fertilizer as your leaves will absorb all the nutrients that the sun provides them.
Over the first two years, you can add fertilizer to the soil as needed to help grow healthier lettuce. Over the last three years, add fertilizer more often. To keep your leaves green and fresh, water them regularly.
To prepare your lettuce for shipping, wrap it in a plastic bag and place it inside a freezer bag. For most people, they will want to freeze their greens. It is also good to wrap in an old t-shirt or blanket for several days, or even weeks.
After the lettuce is frozen, remove it from the bag and allow it to thaw out for a day or two to get any extra nutrients to the roots. Then put it back in the freezer bag.
Consuming lettuce in its fresh form will provide you with many benefits as well as keeping you on a healthy diet. A serving of lettuce is low in calories and provides high levels of essential vitamins and minerals. In addition to helping you lose weight, it will also help you maintain good health.
A healthy diet is important to both children and adults. Children who eat vegetables and fruits frequently are less likely to suffer from diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Green leafy vegetables help keep their bodies healthy by improving circulation and helping to regulate blood sugar levels.
As you begin to grow indoor plants, you may want to include carrots as an annual. They will help with your soil, as well as provide good flavor for salads and other foods. You may even consider adding some cabbage as well to make a great salad.
Vegetables will continue to taste good after they have been harvested. They are low in calories and have a pleasant, earthy taste.
Green lettuce is very low maintenance and is grown with care. They will produce a full crop every year and last for years. There is no need to buy seeds every season to add to the existing crop. They will reproduce themselves each year.
Because you will be growing them indoors, you should have a healthy plant for many years. Growing lettuce indoors is similar to growing a garden in a windowed area. The only difference is that it is planted in small containers instead of large pots.
It takes a little bit more work to be able to enjoy your indoor gardener. but once you get the hang of it, you will not regret the time and money you invested in making it happen. Your family will benefit from the high-quality produce, you are creating for them. and you will have an inexpensive way to bring in more money in the end of the year.