It is important to know how to grow lettuce in a spot where they will thrive; lightly shaded locations are best. Alternatively, you can grow lettuce in window boxes or containers filled with potting compost.
Sow your seeds straight out into location – lettuce plants don’t respond well to being moved. Firstly, dig over the soil and remove any stones you turn up. The next step is to mix in well-rotted manure or garden compost, then rake over.
Create a drill using the tip of a cane – around 1 to 2 cm deep. Take a pinch of seed and spread this thinly along the drill. Short rows around 30 cm apart will give the plants plenty of space. Cover over the trenches with soil, and water in.
To maximise your vegetable garden, you can pop in a row of lettuces between other crops. Lettuce is an ideal crop for growing in the UK as the plants thrive in a cooler, wetter climate! If you find the lettuce leaves are being produced with a leathery quality, put more organic matter into the soil, as the plants are not growing quick enough.
You may want to use netting to keep away any birds which consider the seed as food. Thin out the row of seedlings once they reach 2 cm or so in height, leaving each plant enough space according to individual variety (between 15 cm and 30 cm).