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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Lettuce [Lactuca sativa] and some of its troubles.

20 May 2010 08:19:59
An hour spent in the tunnel late last night,.

An hour spent in the tunnel late last night,.

Growing outdoor lettuce must be protected against soil pests,dalm slugs,and our feathered friends.Very cool damp weather will encourage on a disease.If lettuce gets a touch of any type of a check to its growth then bolting [running to seed] is waiting around the corner.Under cover [greenhouse etc] lettuce is even more open to pests trouble.Water with care,no point in giving them a soaking unless the compost surface is dry


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unagrant unagrant 20 May 2010 11:38:57

I didn't know about the bolting, so that's what happened to my some of my lettuse last year. Thanks John once again for info.


LNolan LNolan 20 May 2010 18:49:05

I didn't know that under cover plants were more prone to pest trouble. Some more good advice John, thanks.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 20 May 2010 19:18:57

Your welcome Una.A lot more veg suffer similar.Beetroot,cabbage etc.I will fill you in on some of the other veg similar to same,either later on return home or in the morning.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 20 May 2010 19:28:28

Your welcome also Liam.The greenhouse is a den for aphids etc if they get to enter.Free flowing air is vital.Above 30 deg gives no growth,only trouble.What i make sure to have done for me during the day in the greenhouse is to have the floor sprinkled etc,a few times in very warm weather until i get there in the evening.


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