Romaine Lettuce Growing Tips: Here are 5
There are so many beneficial reasons to grow farm to fork but one main crop I chose to plant year after year is romaine lettuce which is a cool season crop! Here are 5 tips on how to grow it!
Who wants to grow their own salad mix? Romaine lettuce is one of the main staples in my salad mixes I put together on our homestead. I find myself in the winter time balancing carbohydrate loaded dishes with salads loaded with vegetables. Growing romaine lettuce for salads is easier than you think! First off, it is important to understand romaine lettuce is a cool season crop, or a winter crop. Temperatures around 50-80 degrees are the best for peak harvesting. I love the plant because it is fast growing, easy to harvest. and it takes up little space in the garden.
I have 5 main tips to grow Romaine Lettuce:
When planting romaine lettuce the starters should be 18'“ row apart. For maximum growth the key is low sunlight when first planted and try to avoid overcrowding. Too much heat right when the seedlings are transplanted is not beneficial. If there is high heat then try to shade the plant in the beginning.
Romaine lettuce plants thrive in cool weather and does well of moisture in rich and well drained soil. Water thoroughly every day after, unless it rains, for about a week until the plant stabilizes. Water water water is key!
If you want the plant to grow fast use fertilizer. There are different types of fertilizer that are organic.
Keep Romaine lettuce plants weeded. The best part of gardening right! This is the most therapeutic part of the hobby. This will allow maximum sunlight, moisture and nutrients to reach the plant.
When harvesting romaine lettuce cut a few inches from the bottom and leave part of the stalk in the ground. The key is to cut and not pull the plant and the root out of the ground. The plant will regrow into another head if given proper sunlight and water. Above I have a picture of how I cut the plant from my garden to make sure regrowth again in the plant.
Here is a picture of Bean and I with our lettuce ready to be harvested. We love being in the garden together. It is our happy place. She really likes it because she eats all the vegetables she wants. Tomatoes and peppers are her favorites! She picks them right off the vine.
There are so many reasons to start a garden. Physical activity and Vitamin D sare just what the doctor ordered. The fruits and vegetables grown in your garden will promote health because they are rich in nutrients especially in vitamin C, vitamin A, antioxidants and folate. Being a Nutritionist is just the icing on the cake when you can grow your own healthy food. I am living my own dream come true, thank you for joining me on my new blogging journey. It means so much to me to have you here to grow with me. Please leave me comments if there is anything in particular you want me to blog about.
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