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How to plant: Winter Lettuce

by Jean - Horticulturist CountryLife Ashford | Sep 03, 2015
How to Plant: Winter Lettuce

Soil Preparation:

  • Good drainage is essential for growing winter salad as the seedlings will simply freeze if left in pools of water
  • To protect the seedlings from the harsh winter winds,  choose a sheltered and sunny position
  • To add nutrients and help the soil to retain moisture, prepare the soil by digging and mixing in well-rotten manure or garden compost
  • Rake to leave a fine finish

How to sow:

  • Sow between late August and mid-November.
  • Sow seeds in short shallow rows. Cover with soil, label and water
  • If temperatures are predicted to take a dip overnight, consider covering with a fleece

Maintenance:

  • Keep your soil just moist, make sure the seedlings don’t get too cold or wet.

Harvesting:

  • Harvest leaves when the plants reach about 5cm (2in) high, or allow plants to grow to about 15cm and cut the whole head off leaving a 3cm (1in) stump, a new plant should soon re-sprout
Written by Jean

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Jean's Bio
Hi my name is Jean, I am a horticulturist with CountryLife in the Ashford branch. I grew up on a farm where we always had a veg garden, so you could say that horticulture and agriculture is in the blood! I studied Landscape Horticulture in UCD and worked part-time in Fernhill Garden Centre, Athlone while I was in college. After graduating I worked in Landscape Architecture for three years before returning to the Garden Centre trade. I began in Keane’s Garden Centre, Kilcolgan, Co Galway and returned to Fernhill Garden Centre for three years before joining CountryLife.  Being a horticulturalist is a great job, you are surrounded by nature every day and there is always something to be done. Meeting customers and giving the advice is very rewarding especially when they report back positive results. I love growing my own fruit and veg and I’m always trying new varieties and ways of growing. The seasons are always changing and while the weather is challenging in Ireland, I believe we grow the best produce in the world.

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