Regrowing Lettuce In Dirt
The first thing to know is that there are different types of soil. There are the so called “soil” and then there are other kinds of soils such as clay, sand, gravel or peat. Soil refers to any substance which acts like a medium for plants to grow and develop their root systems. Soil contains organic matter (organic material) which includes dead plant parts, decaying animal remains, minerals and other substances. These materials act as food for plants and help them grow.
Soils vary greatly in quality. Some soils are very fertile while others may not support growth at all. When choosing a soil mix it’s best to choose one that will provide good drainage but still allow air to get into the container where your lettuce will eventually be grown.
When selecting a soil mixture, keep in mind that some types of soil are better than others. Soil type does affect the amount of nutrients available to your plants. Soil type also affects the way in which your plants react to certain chemicals found in the soil.
There are several factors that influence whether or not a particular soil is suitable for growing lettuce. It is important to choose a soil that not only ensures a good crop of lettuce, but also ensures the best quality.
Re-Grown Lettuce: Regrowing Lettuce In Dirt
So what do you need?
Well, first of all you need two bowls about six inches wide. Fill one with water and place it on your kitchen counter. Fill the other with soil. You can grow some (drum roll please) LETTUCE in your kitchen!
It sounds too easy to be true doesn’t it?
It’s the lazy gardeners dream. But wait! There’s more…
This type of lettuce can produce baby plants called “cuttings”. These cuttings can be planted in soil and will grow into more lettuce plants. You can keep giving cuttings to your friends and before you know it you’ll have an entire garden of fresh salad greens.
Remember… you’ve got to start with some roots in water and then transfer them into soil.
Sounds simple doesn’t it?
A Few Last Minute Points
But let’s pause for a moment and go over a few last minute pointers on plant care and such so that you get the best results, because as you know, we want you to have the best results. After all, your only goal is to have a delicious, healthy salad.
Also, remember that you want to pick a sunny place to grow your lettuce. This is very important as lettuce will not grow well in the shade. If there is not enough sun in the spot you picked you might want to move your lettuce to a sunnier location. It’s that important!
Also, if you’re going to eat the leaves and save the root, make sure to wash it really well before eating it.
So without further adieu, let’s get started!
Pick Your Lettuce Variety
First of all you need to decide what kind of lettuce you want to grow. There are three basic types: loose leaf, Butterhead and Crisphead. Loose leaf is the most popular and there are many different varieties. Butterhead has a round, cup-shaped head and there are a number of varieties.
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