Whatever type you want to grow, the shallow roots of lettuce make it an ideal crop for vertical gardening or self-watering container gardening as well as in beds.
Below are some lettuce varieties to try in your yegetable garden:
- Loose Leaf Lettuce: These varieties seldom form crisp heads, but instead grow leaves in dense clusters. Look for heat-tolerant varieties that are available.
- Bibb Lettuce and Butterhead: These lettuce varieties, some which are cold tolerant, form small heads of leaves with crisp ribs rather quickly.
- Romaine Lettuce: More stress tolerant than other varieties of lettuce, the long-leafed Romaine with stiff ribs is a salad favorite.
- Head Lettuce: We're all familiar with the iceberg type lettuce, but there are more flavorful varieties like Batavian or French Crisps. These lettuces are easy to grow and have great color.
Growing and Fertilizing Lettuce With organic worm castings and VermaPlex®
Stagger plant your lettuce to provide a steady supply.
- Mix in Black Castings™ into your planting medium at a rate of 1 pound per 50 square feet.
- Apply VermaPlex® at a rate of 20:1 (20 parts water to 1 part VermaPlex®) at leaf stage.
- Thereafter, apply VermaPlex® at a rate of 40:1 every 7-14 days until harvest.