Direct seed in early spring. Sow thickly in wide rows or in beds. Cover lightly (about ¼ inch deep). Plant every one or two weeks to ensure a constant harvest.
Choose an area with full sun to partial shade and a soil pH of 6.2-6.8. Lettuce is a heavy feeder and prefers a rich, well cultivated soil with good drainage. Some success can be expected even in poor soils using the loose-leaf types. Add plenty of compost or well rotted manure prior to planting. Benefits from regular feedings with a nitrogen rich fertilizer. Mulching is useful to keep soil cool and reduce weeds.
Harvest when plants are 3-4" tall. Simply cut off the leaves above the soil. Under proper conditions the lettuce will regrow and provide a second harvest.
Pests and Diseases:
Most vegetables. Carrot, Garlic, Onion and Radish make the best companions.