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Thursday, 11/04/2019

Growing Vegetables in Containers

Not everyone has a large garden, an allotment, a vegetable plot to grow vegetables.

That doesn’t mean you can’t still grow a few home-grown, fresh vegetables when you want them. If you have room for a pot, grow bag, or even a window box.of any size then there is nothing to stop you from having a go at growing your own.

Thursday, 28/03/2019

Cut and Come Again Lettuce and Salads

Learn all about growing Lettuce and Salad Leaves the cut and come again way....

Lettuce Fortaleza
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Lettuce Fortaleza - Split Pills, average packet contents :  25 seeds

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Lettuce Fortaleza is a premium Little Gem variety that shows good resistance to bolting.

The leaves are slightly savoyed with a nice shiny gloss to them. Sebastiano is slow bolting and highly suitable to growing during Spring, Summer and Autumn.

Well Recommended. Harvesting time will depend on sowing time.

Lettuce Fortaleza Sowing Guidelines
When to Sow Seeds: Feb, March - In Cell Trays
April to July - Outside
Germination Temperature: 10C +, Best Cooler
Cover Seed: Lightly
Time to Germinate: 7 Days
Frost Hardy: Best to Protect
Spacing Between Plants: Thin to 30cm
Row Spacing: 30cm
Plant Height: 25cm

General Guide to Sowing and Growing Split Pill Lettuce Seeds

Lettuce need good soil to grow well, ideally the soil should have been well dug the previous autumn incorporating adequate manure as digging. Lettuce plants don’t like full sun but enjoy growing in an area which is slightly shaded and away from full sun.

Seeds can be started indoors or outdoors for a summer crop;

  • Indoors: Sow 1 pill to a cell. Plant outdoors once the seedlings are considered large enough, and have been harden off.
  • Outdoors: Sow single pills thinly in 2cm deep drills which are 30cm apart. Cover the seeds with soil. When sowing outdoors make sure you don’t sow the seeds to close as this will waste seeds and make more working thinning them out in a few weeks time.
  • NOTE: Lettuce Seeds germinate best at cooler temperatures, they may stay dormant if too hot.

You will need to protect your lettuce seedlings from slugs.

Harvesting Lettuce

Lettuce are quick growers and before you know it your lettuce will be ready for harvesting. The lettuce will be ready as soon as a firm heart has formed, you can test to see if they ready for harvesting by gently squeezing the top of the plant.

Pull the whole plant from the ground and then cut off the root and lower leaves. Making sure you compost the roots and lower leaves.

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