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April 19, 2011

Lettuce plugs bring season forward

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Planting lettuce plugs brings the season forward, so that lettuces can be cut early on.



Plug plants are young plants raised in small, individual blocks of compost.  The blocks, or cells, are ready to be transplanted into containers or into the vegetable garden.



Lettuce plug plants can be bought to bring the season forward from:

  • garden centers
  • or  the web  

May 22, 2009

The Vegetable Wall

Filed under: salad — Tags: , — TopVeg @ 8:25 pm

The vegetable wall is a hit at the 2009 Chelsea Flower Show.

Biotecture Ltd are showing  a vegetable wall, planted with an array of salad leaves, for Pat Fox of Aralia Garden Design. The whole design is that of an outdoor kitchen, with fresh leaves ready to eat.

March 22, 2009

Grow Lettuce Leaves

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NicheSaladLeaves   are an exciting blend of salad leaves which add a range of colours, tastes and textures to salads. The blend consists of Leaf Radish, Leaf Carrot, Wrinkled Cress, Kale Red Russian, Red Amaranth, Golden Purslane and Salad Burnet.

The seeds can be sown in succession, outside, from March to September.
Seeds can be sown from October to February under glass.

When the leaves are about 4″ high, they are cut off about 1″ above ground level and the leaves come again in no time.

The leaves are used in salads or as a garnish. Growing NicheSaladLeaves lettuce leaves in the garden gives a good source off fresh green leaves.

January 13, 2009

Plant Tom Thumb Lettuce seed

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Now is the time to plant Tom Thumb Lettuce seed on the kitchen window sill for an early homegrown lettuce from the vegetable garden.

As soon as it comes up transfer the lettuce to a frost-free unheated greenhouse, or a very light patch under glass. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, thin out gradually, but keep them about 15cm (6in) apart.

Tom Thumb is the smallest lettuce.

  • compact, solid butterhead type
  • delicious
  • soft leaves
  • very fast growing


This lettuce will be ready to harvest about 65 days after sowing.

To test if it is ready to harvest, press the head gently with the back of the hand, it is ready if it feels solid and barely yields to pressure.

Click the link for a how to grow lettuce grow card reference.

August 10, 2007

Mass Tasting of Lettuce Poll.

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34 votes have been cast in the lettuce tasting poll which has been going
since the 18 July.  The results are suprising with Cos and Romain coming
out as a firm favourite.

July 5, 2007

How to Grow Lettuce.

Filed under: salad — Tags: , — TopVeg @ 9:34 pm

Farming Friends & TopVeg have collaborated to create a How To Grow Lettuce growing card.



The card may be downloaded, printed off and pinned to the potting shed wall as a useful reference on how to grow lettuce.



We hope that children, as well as established vegetable gardeners, will find this useful, as they can grow lettuce in pots, containers or in the vegetable garden.

If you would like a copy of the pdf of the grow card for How to Grow Lettuce card please complete the contact form asking for the lettuce card.

Thank you Sara at Farming Friends for designing this lettuce grow card.

May 8, 2007

Vegetable Growing in Containers.

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Vegetables can be grown in containers as well as in the vegetable
garden. All sorts of containers may be used, such as yoghurt pots,
cream cartons, plantpots or tubs. These may be kept on the windowsill,
doorstep, patio, balcony, roofgarden or in a windowbox.



Salad crops are easy to grow in containers. Radish, spring onions and
salad leaves grow quickly and are are happy in tubs. Successive sowings,
every two weeks ensure a constant supply.

The pots should have good drainage. Holes punched in the bottom of
yoghurt & cream cartons allow water out. Place the cartons in a saucer,
to catch the water draining through, so it does not make a mess. If
there are no drainage holes, the pots need to be large enough to hold
some stones, or broken crocs, which together act as a water catchment area.

Compost, or growing medium, is sold in supermarkets & garden centers.
It is possible to use garden soil, and the soil on mole hills is ideal.
But this is likely to be home to various bugs and worms which could eat
the growing vegetables, particularly as the pests cannot move away to
find any other food.

Vegetables grown in containers need to be in a light place. But avoid
placing them in a position where they will be baked by the sun. The
vegetables plants will need constant, probably daily, watering so that
they are always damp.

These French Breakfast radish were sown 2 weeks ago.




Spring onions grow more slowly. These White Lisbon onions have taken 2
weeks to emege.




Lettuce seeds are quite vigorous. A pot of mixed salad leaves can be treated as a ‘cut & come again’ crop.



The mixed salad leaves have different shapes, colours and textures,
giving a pleasing variety.

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