Lettuce is a sensitive crop. If it gets too warm or too much sun, it will bolt – which means it will rapidly go to seed. One way to prevent this is to keep it out of the hot sun and a wheelbarrow is perfect for that – its mobile! Mine has been in the same shady spot so long the ivy is hugging it!
But – how do you start a wheelbarrow lettuce garden?
First you start with an old, rusty wheelbarrow. It’s a good idea to put screening in the bottom so that soil doesn’t wash out – especially if there are a lot of holes or large holes in the bottom. On top of the screen, put a layer of gravel to promote good drainage.
On top of the gravel put a good quality potting soil.
I planted five different kinds of lettuce, a spinach and two arugalas (I love arugula) – You can plant any variety of lettuce you like, just make sure there is enough space between each plant.
After each plant is carefully planted, gently water them, making sure the soil is evenly moistened.
Now, just wait a few weeks for the plants to grow large enough to harvest. Pick the outside leaves to eat and the plant will keep growing. Just be sure to move the wheelbarrow around so that the plants aren’t exposed to direct sun. If they start to bold, cut the tall stems and flowers close to the base. The flowers are edible!
Stay tuned to see how these babies grow!