Fresh leaf vegetable salad all year round
Many people still remember the times, when the first head of lettuce cut in my own garden was the harbinger of summer. A lot has changed since then, mostly to the advantage. The cultivation of new varieties in foil tunnels or greenhouses and the import from regions with more favorable climatic conditions makes it possible, that we can eat fresh lettuce all year round. Nevertheless, we should get to know better about growing leaf vegetables in our own garden. This requires a thorough knowledge of the varieties, principles of crop rotation and cultivation, as well as fertilization and irrigation of plants.
Almost all varieties of lettuce and other leaf vegetables require a soil rich in humus and fertilization.. Lettuce yields heavy crops in beds fertilized with decomposed manure or compost.
In dry sites, you should not expect delicate and well-formed heads. Abundant watering is the basis of a good harvest. All lettuce varieties are perfect for coordinate growing.
Additional care treatments are important in the cultivation of leaf vegetables. The high nutritional and soil requirements of these plants have already been emphasized. If we want to have healthy and well-developed plants, after sowing, the soil should be sprayed with cowberry and the proper sowing dates should be observed, compatible with the system of stars. This promotes the production of a large amount of green mass and prevents premature knocking out of the inflorescence shoots. After the seeds have germinated or seedlings have been planted, the cowberry preparation is applied again. However, the silica preparation should not be used too early, because it causes the heads to break out into inflorescence shoots. It is only used, when the first Mouths of the heart begin to curl. Lettuce diseases can be prevented by spraying the plants with horsetail preparation or by dusting them with basalt flour. This is especially important when growing lettuce under glass.