When planting any vegetable, vegetable gardeners should take timing and companion planting into consideration. Companion planting is a technique used in gardening and agriculture, where different plants are grown together. These two plants help each other out, by attracting beneficial insect, deterring pests and maintaining their general health. When it comes to lettuce, there are many veggies and herbs that it works especially well with.
Lettuce is a shallow rooted vegetable that requires plenty of cool weather and moisture for the best results. If you decide to use lettuce starts, don’t plant them where they will receive full sun because they will wilt and fail to produce like they should. Lettuce works well with onions, as when you pull an onion out of the ground, plant a lettuce start in the same hole. The onion’s smell will also naturally deter rabbits. Plant your onions in a scattered pattern so onion maggots cannot attack in one spot. Another great pair for lettuce is carrots. Carrots may have a deep root, but lettuce does not grow much closer to the surface. A great palette of veggies to go in together could be lettuce, carrots and radishes. Another great friend for lettuce is cucumbers. Be sure to not overshadow any lettuce starts and radish planted with cucumbers will also help deter the cucumber beetle.
Strawberry plants are a great companion for lettuce as well. Lettuce is shallow and can be grown alongside strawberry plants. Lettuce also does well with bush and pole beans. When it comes to lettuce companion planting, there are so many options that can work together. Not only are the veggies beneficial to each other, but they will look beautiful in the garden with all the different veggie foliage.
Remember to research each plant and herb that you want to plant together, their water and light needs will be different, as well as their maturity timing. Keep you garden well drained and weeds in check and with companion planting you’ll get the best possible results.
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