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Because there's nothing better than fresh-picked salad greens, you've got everything to gain by growing them indoors. I can't think of a better way to make store-bought lettuce more palatable in the middle of the winter.
Looseleaf lettuces are the easiest to grow and the quickest to reach maturity. They can easily be sown and harvested within a few weeks as tasty baby lettuces. Harvesting the tender leaves when they reach 6 to 8 inches in height. What's more, after cutting, most plants send up new shoots to give you a second or third cutting. They will provide you with lettuce for plenty of salads.
Lettuce is one of the easiest plants to geminate from seed, it requires minimal sunlight, it’s shallow rooted and the leaf varieties can be grown tightly in a pot for ‘cut and come again’ harvests. You can have an indoor lettuce garden even in the winter. The fresher the lettuce the better it is for us to eat. So if you have the room it may be a good idea to plant your own winter lettuce garden so you can have fresh lettuce when you want it.
To grow an indoor lettuce garden you will need a good soil to help grow healthy plants. Plant your lettuce in a container that is at least four inches deep. Some ideas for indoor pots are large, plain clay pots or plastic pots with good drainage. You could use a flat that can hold many plants in it. Make sure your pot is large because you won't be transplanting these plants outdoors they will be staying in their pots.
After you get everything you need to start an indoor garden you are ready to plant. Take the pots or flats and fill them with soil till they are a quarter inch from the top of the container. Read the seed package to know how deep to put the seeds into the soil and how long it will take the seeds to grow. After you have placed the seed into the soil water the soiled pot with the seed in it well so the soil is soaked.
Place them in a sunny location or under a sun lamp. Lettuce seeds like a lot of sun and warmth to grow well. Check the seeds a couple times a day to make sure the soil stays moist and water them when they get too dry. Don't let them get dried out keep them moist.
Soon you should have little plants in your pots of soil. It is fun to watch them grow and when they get big enough you can pick the leaves and eat them. Always wash vegetables in clean water before you eat them even when they are grown indoors.
I hope I gave you some ideas you can use and that maybe a indoor garden is in your future. Have you ever tried indoor gardening? Why not post a comment below and let me know how you did with your indoor garden.

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Such a great idea! I love growing wheatgrass and sunflower sprouts...well, now I gotta do this! : )
I have an extra bathroom with a tub/shower. I have been thinking about putting one of the many plast ic shelving units I have in it and using it as a mini-greenhouse. I even bought the shop light fixtures to hang from each shelf. My original idea was to start my garden seeds so I wouldn't have to buy plants but that has never come to fruition. By using it for growing lettuce in the winter, it will be set up so I can plant my seeds for spring! Great information and thanks for sharing it!
When you do this...please post a picture here!! : )

Regina Sansing said:
I have an extra bathroom with a tub/shower. I have been thinking about putting one of the many plast ic shelving units I have in it and using it as a mini-greenhouse. I even bought the shop light fixtures to hang from each shelf. My original idea was to start my garden seeds so I wouldn't have to buy plants but that has never come to fruition. By using it for growing lettuce in the winter, it will be set up so I can plant my seeds for spring! Great information and thanks for sharing it!
Wow. This looks really interesting. I had thought of getting a greenhouse, but not of growing lettuce inside. Thank you.
I have tried this but cant keep the lettuce plants alive.. They grow about 3 inches and then die.. Is there a secret? Not sure if they are getting enough sunlight..I'm using potting soil. I tryed this last spring and even used my ott light.. same issue. I went to lowes and bought lettuce starts and put it in the pot and they died too. I even got a bakers rack last month and new little pots so I could put in front of a different window..thinking it wasnt getting enough sun. I can grow most anything else. wheatgrass, sprouts, houseplants.. I can grow lettuce outside in my garden... but lettuce indoors= brown thumb.
Any help would be appreciated..
Lettuce is a cool weather plant. If you are keeping them in direct sunlight this will make them wilt and may kill them in the house. Sunlight coming through a window is much more concentrated. The plants don't get that cool breeze like outside. You could also have an aphid problem. Are you placing them close to any other house plants or reusing the same soil? Not sure what else it could be. I will take pictures of my lettuce when I get the new seeds and post more info as they grow up until harvesting. I hope that we can end your brown lettuce streak.

Teri said:
I have tried this but cant keep the lettuce plants alive.. They grow about 3 inches and then die.. Is there a secret? Not sure if they are getting enough sunlight..I'm using potting soil. I tryed this last spring and even used my ott light.. same issue. I went to lowes and bought lettuce starts and put it in the pot and they died too. I even got a bakers rack last month and new little pots so I could put in front of a different window..thinking it wasnt getting enough sun. I can grow most anything else. wheatgrass, sprouts, houseplants.. I can grow lettuce outside in my garden... but lettuce indoors= brown thumb.
Any help would be appreciated..
Check out Wade the Wheatgrass Trucker! No excuses why YOU are not growing wheatgrass and sprouts...if he can in his truck, driving down the road...anyone can! : )
Maybe are you overwatering them? Inside they need way less water because they do not dry out so quickly. Also you can supplement the light by grow lights. I tried the clip on lights that you can use to work on a car- really cheap about 11 dollars and then got a grow bulb- about 5 dollars at a regular hardware store.

Teri said:
I have tried this but cant keep the lettuce plants alive.. They grow about 3 inches and then die.. Is there a secret? Not sure if they are getting enough sunlight..I'm using potting soil. I tryed this last spring and even used my ott light.. same issue. I went to lowes and bought lettuce starts and put it in the pot and they died too. I even got a bakers rack last month and new little pots so I could put in front of a different window..thinking it wasnt getting enough sun. I can grow most anything else. wheatgrass, sprouts, houseplants.. I can grow lettuce outside in my garden... but lettuce indoors= brown thumb.
Any help would be appreciated..
Dear Raw Granny
'Do you think the cool Greenshouse tube lights are better or the plant light bulbs ( which add heat)? Which ones do you think would work best for lettuce. I have a spot that would be totally artificial lights. I live in Texas where it doesn' t get that cold. -= My house doesn;t get below 50 degrees even without the heat on.

I am going to try this! I have some extra space in my utility room that i *hope* can be a mini greenhouse in the winter... 

What type of seed and potting soil do I buy?

AWESOME IDEA!

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