Lettuce is easy to grow from seed all season long. It likes full sun in spring and fall, and some shade in the summer. This article tells you how to seed and reseed lettuce all season long and how to care, harvest and store lettuce.
Growing lettuce at a glance
You can grow lettuce from spring to early autumn. In the spring and autumn, lettuce needs a sunny location but can tolerate some shade. During the heat of summer, lettuce needs shade, which can be provided by planting it next to tall crops, such as tomatoes, or covering it with a mesh shade cloth. Lettuce needs soil that is well-drained and moderately rich in compost.
Lettuce is available in a wide variety of shapes, colours, textures and, of course, tastes. Depending on the variety, the maturity ranges between 40 to 80 days. To provide a continuous supply of lettuce from spring to fall, reseed lettuce every two weeks. A row of 1.5 metres at a time provides enough lettuce for a family of four.
As a member of the sunflower family, lettuce should not be grown where artichoke, chicory, dandelion, endive, escarole, Jerusalem artichoke, radicchio and tarragon were grown the year before. You may replant or reseed lettuce the same year in the same location.