butterhead lettuce
Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

How To Sow Lettuce Seed In The Ground And In Containers

Lettuce are essential for salads and can easily be grown in containers

Lettuces are an essential part of any salad and there are lots of varieties to choose from, just make sure you have the right variety for where you want to grow them. If you are growing them in containers or small raised beds make sure you don’t get the large hearted varieties as they do require quite a bit of space.

The variety we have chosen is a seed tape, a mixture of different varieties of lettuce: ‘All Year Round’, ‘Red Salad Bowl’, ‘Webbs Wonderful’ and ‘Green Cos’.

You will need:

  • rake
  • seed
  • watering can with a fine rose
  • scissors to cut the tape
  • label

Make a groove in the soil with the edge of the rake.

Lay out the tape and cut off at the right length, they are perfectly spaced so there is less wastage when it comes to thinning out.

If you are sowing seed just sprinkle sparingly.

Sow a small row every fortnight for a succession of lettuce throughout the summer.

Rake the soil back over the tape.

Water in with a fine rose.

Remember to keep them damp, if they get too dry they will bolt.

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