How to Grow the Best Lettuce

Lettuce is easy to grow and has an abundance of different shapes, colors, and flavors of lettuce you can grow in your garden to enjoy serving your family in salads.

I will provide you with details on not only how to grow the best lettuce and some of my favorite lettuce varieties.

How to Grow the Best Lettuce & the Best Varieties to Grow

Red Leaf


Companion plants


Red & Green Speckled 



Lettuce enjoys sun to partial sun for location, the key is to avoid an area that receives late afternoon sun.  For late summer lettuce you should plant the lettuce in partially shaded areas the avoid late afternoon sun.

Lettuce can be planted either in early Spring or early Fall to avoid the heat of the Summer that can cause the lettuce to bolt.

Lettuce can be directly sowed in the garden or seedlings can be used to speed up the process.

If you plant seeds you will need to thin them since they should have a few inches of space between plants for best results.

The planting depth is just 1/8 to 1/4 inch in lightly fertile soil for best germination.

Lettuce does not need to be fertilized.


Lettuce needs to be kept moist especially when you first plant the seeds.


Once the lettuce leaves reach 4-6 inches tall you can either cut the larger leaves about 1/2-1 inch above ground or you can cut the entire plant off 1/2-1 inch above ground.  Both of these methods will allow for a 2nd and even a 3rd crop to be harvested.

Now that you have all the information on How to Grow the Best Lettuce and some varieties to grow you need to get started growing your own lettuce.

Essential tool for cleaning your lettuce, kale, spinach

Lettuce Spinner


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