This is the best time of year to start planting lettuce like crazy! The soil is cool-which it likes, and the days are getting longer. I usually plant a couple of squares every 5 days or so, but that number will probably increase to 4 or 5 squares every 5-7 days. There’s nothing like spring lettuce. Well, fall lettuce is a pretty good rival, but it doesn’t beat spring. This cooler, damp weather of spring is the perfect time to start.
I’ve been asked what other things I start at this time of year. Though I start all my lettuces directly into the soil, I will plant a few things indoors in preparation for early summer starts. Thinks like tomatoes, peppers, cantaloupe, leeks, and cucumbers have all been sprouted and are now in little pot maker cups. In just a couple of days they will begin to poke through the soil and it will be time to place them under lights.
One of the lettuces I’ve had a lot of success with is something called EZ Cut by Burpee. It’s a multi-leaf lettuce, meaning that if you cut it at the base all the leaves will be nearly all the identical size. That’s different than other lettuces where the outer leaves are much larger than the inner cored leaves. There’s another variety from Johnny’s(Salanova) and one from Jungs(multi-leaf) that I’ve also had experience with. You ought to give these a try. Johnny’s has gotten to be a little to pricey for me, but the others from Burpee and Jungs are good.
If you need to buy seeds you should check out Burpee’s .99 shipping which is good until the end of this month. It’s for any sized order and the promotional code is listed in the links on my blog. It is not listed on the Burpee site. There’s so many fun things to check out this year. Order a catalog or look through it online to see some of the new varieties available.