They were grown from seedlings that my father-in-law had sown in early winter. They're really easy to grow, doesn't require much maintenance and provide us plenty of crisp lettuce that is nutritious and flavoursome. I grew them in a slightly raised garden bed, in soil with lots and lots of home made organic compost and shop bought mushroom compost. With watering restrictions in Melbourne, I give it a good hose down with my final cycle of laundry water, and recycled water from the kitchen. I once read somewhere that they love coffee grounds and tea leaves, so I saved all my coffee grounds and tea bags and give them a good sprinkling every now and then.
I've grown lettuce in a box, but now that I've grown it from the ground, I don't think I will ever look back. It grows a lot quicker from the ground and in abundance .
3 rows of lettuce grown from the ground is plenty to go round. It tastes great in sandwiches, makes a wonderful salad and knowing that it's from our very own garden makes it even more special. It has a delicious nutty flavour, a hint of macadamia. I've given a few bunches to family and friends, and they're always appreciative. 100% home grown, totally organic. Come and get some!