How to grow lettuce: sow, plant, protect plus the Charles Dowding picking method

Lettuce plants can produce for months when harvested by hand (no knife!) and kept tidy (fewer slugs!), I show you the method here. You also see the results of an experiment with different composts for sowing, how to plant and the use of covers to protect from weather and pests. Plus the beds are no dig for few weeds and high quality growth. Varieties at the end are Saragossa and Bijou.

3 thoughts on “How to grow lettuce: sow, plant, protect plus the Charles Dowding picking method

  1. Hello Charles,

    I have one very quick question. I have your book ‘Organic Gardening’ and noted down the different varieties of lettuce you suggest. Armed with this information I purchased some Webbs Wonderful seeds and these have grown well.

    I have then re-read the section in the book and realise that you state that Webbs Wonderful cannot be treated as a leaf lettuce. Is this strictly the case or could I have some success with your picking method?

    Thanks again so much for your time and inspiration.

    1. Hi Charlie
      Thanks for pointing this out, I need to rephrase it! It can be picked of outer leaves, just it’s lee easy than some others, so do give it a go!
      Any cos lettuce are the easiest for picking.

      1. Thank you so much Charles,

        I’ll give it a go….

        You’re up very early, on such a horrible day.

        Take care!

        Charlie

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