How Do You Plant Lettuce?

How Do You Plant Lettuce?

Plant lettuce by choosing a planting site that receives part sun, planting at the right time, preparing the soil, and sowing and watering the seeds. You need compost, lettuce seeds and a tiller.

  1. Choose a good planting location

    Choose a planting location for the lettuce that receives part sun. The soil needs to be loamy and well drained with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5.

  2. Plant at the seeds at the right time

    Start the planting process when temperatures range between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The seeds can survive snowfall and a light frost.

  3. Prepare the soil

    Prepare the planting site by mixing compost or other organic material into the soil a week before sowing the seeds. Till the ground thoroughly so that there are no large clods of dirt.

  4. Sow the seeds

    Plant the seeds in 15-inch rows, and cover the seeds with at least 1/4 inch of soil. Plant leaf lettuce seeds 4 inches apart, loose-headed lettuce seeds 8 inches apart and firm-headed lettuce seeds 16 inches apart. If you scatter or broadcast the seeds over the planting site instead of planting them in rows, thin the plants as they grow.

  5. Water the plants

    Immediately after sowing the seeds or transplanting seedlings, water the planting area thoroughly.