A juicy salad is just what we want in summer. But growing it can be a challenge:
Lettuce seed goes dormant in hot weather; often the seeds either don't sprout or come up unevenly. When you do get lettuce plants, they often turn bitter, or stop making leaves and just elongate into a flower stalk (this is called bolting.)
Lettuce is naturally a spring crop, adapted to cool soil and short days. But people love lettuce, and over the years, gardeners and farmers have learned how to grow it in summer.
Here are tricks to grow summer lettuce. The more of them you use, the easier it will be to harvest salads all summer.