The Q&A Archives: Lettuce Varieties for Florida

Question: What types of lettuce should I plant in Tampa?

Answer: You can plant any type you wish, though WHEN you plant themis important, according to Barbara Pleasant, author of "Warm-Climate Gardening" (Storey Communications, Pownal VT; ISBN # 0-88266-818-8). Fall is a good time to grow romaine and Boston lettuces, but you can depend on bibb and looseleaf types just about any time of year. It's important to keep the soil moist, and the best way to do this is to increase humus content. Add compost and mulch your garden with straw or other organic materialthat will eventually decay and enrich the soil. For more information on gardening in your region, look up this website: - it's a goldmine for Florida gardeners!

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