Next time you're tempted to buy a bagged salad at the supermarket, think of the money you could save by growing leaf lettuce in your own garden. It's easy, too. You can even do it in containers. Give leaf lettuce a well-drained, loose soil with plenty of organic matter. It comes up easily when self-seeded, but it's a good idea to make successive sowings a few weeks apart so plants mature over a period of time. Leaf lettuce likes cool temperatures and will bolt, or go to seed, in the heat of summer. Some afternoon shade from taller vegetables such as tomatoes will help mitigate temperature extremes. Leaf lettuce needs a good, loose soil. Learn more about creating a good home for your plants here.
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