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Lettuce - direct sow or modular?

Which method does anyone think is more successful?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,946
    edited April 2022
    I do my early sowings in module trays indoors to get a good start ...  they need thinning out soon and I'll plant some of the thinnings out under a plastic tunnel cloche, and grow the rest on in little pots in the cold frame to plant out a bit later.  

    Then, depending on the evidence of slug activity  I'll either continue as above or try some direct sowing for the rest of the season. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,590
    We start some off in small trays indoors in January than these are transplanted into the polytunnel when they are big enough to handle.
    As the weather gets warmer we then sow directly into the soil in the polytunnel.
    Growing outside is a non starter for us with rabbits and pigeons delighting in the fine leaves.
    We manage to have leaves throughout the year even on Christams day.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    I always start mine in pots, regardless of the time of year. Too many slugs  :)
    I sow some to keep inside [later Feb, when the heating is on to help germination]  for having at this time of year, as a cut and come again crop.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • alfharris8alfharris8 Posts: 513
    Thank you all.
    We are slug central here too so will give the modules a try.
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