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 27th August 2017.
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.
After I rotate my Ecobed crops in autumn, I grow several successive rows of lettuce in the brassica bed. Later in the season, because it is such a fast grower, I use it as a catch crop growing it in any available space in any bed.
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 5 lettuce seeds each month in an EcoPropagatorand once the seedlings are established and growing strongly, transplant them in their fibre pots into the prepared bed. This eliminates transplant shock and hardens them off naturally in the Ecobed's welcoming soil.
Clear a small space in the mulch for each pot and bury them up to their rimsat 300mm centres in a 1500mm long row. Water themin sparingly with dilute seaweed extract (suppliers dilution rate).
Harvesting and Storage.
be harvested all year round.
When harvesting, cut the heads off the Lettuce at ground level and allow the roots to decompose in the soil.
Lettuce does not
store well and should be eaten within a few days of harvest.
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.