Welcome to my website which is about growing organic vegetable sustainably. My Garden Ecobeds use very little water and only homemade compost to maintain strong growth, and they produce lots of healthy nutritious organic food all year round. You can find out more about them on my page at http://jashxxxxxx.blogspot.com.au/p/wicking-beds-plus.html..............................................John Ashworth 27th November 2017.
Latest Update 19th January 2019. Lettuce
Red Iceberg Lettuce are fast growing and compact. They have a
crisp texture and taste great.
I have found them easy to grow
all year round in our climate, although they need protection from the sun to stop them bolting in summer.
They benefit from the protection of pest exclusion netting in the warmer months especially to keep butterfles away.
I use a mulch of clean straw to protect lettuce leaves from bottom rot, which is usually caused by direct contact with moist soil.
Like most organically grown vegetables, lettuce is rich in vitamins, minerals and is a great source of dietary fibre.
We always eat it fresh from the garden on salads, in sandwiches and in wraps.
Check out my blogpage
which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds. It describes
how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in
Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants
through their leaves.
Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
Sow 6 lettuce seeds in a plastic minipot each month in organic seed raising mixture, and soak them in a tray containing 15mm of dilute seaweed extract.
After about 15 minutes transfer the well soaked minipot into an EcoPropagator, and using a large dibber to make a planting hole in the sieved compost wicking medium, plant the mini pot up to its rim in the compost.
When the seedlings are big enough, transplant them individually into 6 small fibre pots filled with sieved compost. Soak them in dilute seaweed solution and return them to the propagator buried up to their rims in compost.
When ready, plant them out into a prepared row in an Ecobed 250mm apart.
soil should have been cleared of the above ground remains of the previous crop including spent mulch. Recycle this waste through your composting system.
layer of about 60mm of fresh, sieved, homemade compost is then placed on
top of the soil and covered with a generous layer of straw mulch.
In the prepared bed, make
a 50mm wide hole for each pot using a large dibber.
Make it deep enough so the lower 15mm of each pot is in contact
with the soil, and the rest buried up to the pots rim in compost. Keep the straw mulch well away from the seedlings until they mature. Water the seedlings in with dilute seaweed extract.
Harvesting and Storage.
be harvested all year round.
When harvesting, pick outer leaves on a regular basis as required to extend the life of each plant and maximise harvest. When the plant eventually stops growing or tries to set seed, cut the Lettuce down to ground level and allow the roots to decompose in the soil.
Lettuce does not
store well and should be eaten fresh from the garden.
Organic Pest Control.
like most vegetables, are vulnerable to attack from certain pests in my
garden. My blog on "Controlling Garden Pests" explains a
little about these pests and what to do to protect plants from them. For details click on the appropriate link below.