Lettuce Tom Thumb

Separating Lettuce: Tom Thumb

Separating lettuce is a quite a fiddly process and in the past I’ve found that I’ve run into trouble with lettuce because they bolt all at the same time and I’m left with a mountain of lettuce that needs to be eaten before it goes off.

When I planted the Tom Thumb lettuce seeds I sowed them quite thick and some seedlings are performing better than others. I’ve decided to pot up the stronger seedlings to give the others a more of a chance in the tray – I’m hoping that this approach will also help me manage the amount of lettuce I have, should they bolt at different times.

Separating lettuce is easy to do, first of all fill a 2inch pot with compost and water the pots of compost so that you’ll be transplanting the plants into moist soil. Make a hole, and then tease the lettuce out of the tray with a spoon – then gently plant the seedling in the pot.

When the weather picks up and there’s no risk of frost, I’ll plant them outside with a healthy layer of mulch from the compost bin and hope that they compliment my annual health kick. I’ll also look to create some delicious dressings to spice up that all important salad.

Health benefits of lettuce

Lettuce contains…

  • Moisture
  • Energy
  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Carbohydrates
  • Dietary fiber
  • Sugars
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B-6, C, A, E, and vitamin K

Lettuce also…

  • Induces Sleep
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Controls inflammation
  • Protects Neuronal Cells in your brain
  • Controls Anxiety

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