Mila's Meals Healthy Lunchbox Ideas - Loose Leaf Lettuce

Lettuce grow Lettuce! 

It's of great importance to us that every child will be able to successfully grow their own plants.

  • Lettuce

       Lettuce can be grown all year round. Yay! 

Preparing the soil:
Lettuce will thrive in well-drained, cool and loose soil. A seedling mix can be bought at your nearest garden centre or even grocery store. We will stock some soon.
Planting:
Seeds should preferably be started in a seedling tray or individual pots. Only add one seed per pot. These are true Heirloom seeds, making them extra special! Spray them down with water once they have been planted about 2cm underneath the soil surface.
Growing something from seed makes the experience so much more exciting and special and helps Children to connect with nature. While they are waiting on these babies to sprout you can enjoy the colour in activity and add these on sticks to your pots. 
 
Maintaining:
Place your seedling tray/pots near a sunny window with bright light. The seeds will sprout between 7-14 days. Mist spray daily to keep the soil from drying out. 
Once your seedling is at a 4-6 leaf stage(9cm high) they can be transplanted into bigger pots or into a garden bed. You can also harvest them as a microgreen at this stage. Just cut  off the leaves close to the stem and add them to your salad or sandwich. 
In the summer lettuce grows well in a semi-shaded area.
In the winter they enjoy full sun.
An organic fertiliser can be used to promote growth.
Harvesting:
Collect your lettuce during the morning when they are still crisp. This specific mix is a baby-loose-leaf-lettuce mix with different colours and textures.
The outer leaves should be harvested leaving the inner leaves to mature. You will be able to keep on harvesting the leaves until a stem forms in the middle. When this happens the leaves become bitter and the lettuce will start growing the stem in order to eventually make some more seeds.
 

Important Notes:

  1. Be extra careful not to pull on any roots when transplanting your seedling into a permanent garden bed or a pot. The best is to start your seedling in an compostable pot and plant the pot directly into the ground.
  2. Compost rich soil is the best to use when transplanting your seedlings into a garden bed. Get yours from your nearest nursery.
  3. Use potting soil when you choose to transplant your seedling into a pot.
  4. Seedlings have immature roots. Keep them moist and prevent them from drying out. 
  5. Mix some bone-meal into the potting soil or compost when you transplant your seedling. This will assist the seedling's roots to develop.
  6. Insure good drainage. 
  7. Use organic fertilizer and pest control.

PS. Remember to have loads of fun and keep in mind that Rome was not built in one day:) Practice makes perfect. 

We would love to see how you grow!

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