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Lettuce

Lettuce is not as easy to grow as people think. Getting the balance right so that the right number of lettuces reach maturity at the correct time and protecting it from pests and wildlife can prove a nightmare. The soil needs to be prepared well in advance as the plants thrive in soil which contains well-rotted organic matter. It must not be acid and it must not be allowed to dry out during the life of the crop.

In summer it is best to choose a lightly shaded or sunny site if you are sowing outdoors. It will not grow well in poorly drained or exposed sites. Sow the seeds in a peat pot or seed tray. Remove the weaker plants once the seedlings have germinated. Do not allow your seedlings to be overcrowded. Lettuces do not like being moved so growing the seedlings in the soil where they are going to be allowed to grow is recommended.

Lettuces need to be protected from slugs and birds. Netting can be used to keep the birds off the seedlings and slug pellets or jam jars filled with beer sunk into the ground will help keep the slugs under control. Weed your plants on a regular basis.

Harvesting

Lettuces are ready to be harvested once a firm heart (centre) has formed.

Varieties

Lettuce come in several varieties:

  • Cos - Upright growth
  • Loose-Leaf - Does not produce a heart
  • Butterhead - Quick maturing and tolerate poorer conditions
  • Crisphead - Iceberg is excellent for coleslaw and Webb's Wonderful is a more frilly leaf variety.

Gardening Tips

  1. Water your lettuce plants in the morning or mid-day as watering in the evening will increase the chance of disease.
  2. Do not overcrowd seedlings.
  3. Harvest before the plant bolts (the heart changes shape and becomes elogated).
  4. After cutting put unwanted plant roots and leave onto compost heap.

Forthcoming Events

Generation Games Exhibition

Date:
27/04/2018 - 28/10/2018
Description:
This exhibition is a history of home computer games consoles throughout the ages

Claire Allain - Jewellery Showcase

Date:
06/10/2018 - 17/11/2018
Description:
Having recently returned to the UK after living in New Zealand for ten years, Claire has been experimenting with new techniques. She has been working with a variety of techniques and marrying metals together to create wearable sculptures or as she likes to call them wearable "Sketches", like little mini contemporary paintings

Eighteen - The Lost Generation - Exhibition

Date:
06/10/2018 - 17/11/2018
Description:
Almost half a million men enlisted in the first two months of The Great War, however recruitment soon fell dramatically and conscription was introduced in January 1916.Most single men from the ages of 18 to 41 were liable to be called up for service and by the end of war over five million British men had served.

Katharina Klug - Craft Showcase

Date:
06/10/2018 - 17/11/2018
Description:
Katharina create timeless vessels for contemporary interiors. Each piece is individually made from porcelain on the potter's wheel. Naïve, spontaneous pencil strokes, graphic simple patterns that create movement and direction.
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