Lettuces love cooler weather.
And other leafy greens – endive, miners lettuce [not really a lettuce], gotu kola, parsley, rocket, chervil, coriander, etc.
There are so many ways to have the benefit of raw, leafy greens, even in winter.
This is a good time to plant a new lot of lettuce and other greens to provide lovely leaves for many months now the weather is cooler as the days are shorter. And it’s too cold for the caterpillars!
It’s such a balancing act – too much moisture [either from over-head rain or watering] makes for constantly wet leaves which touch each other, hold moisture and become slimy or mush – not nice!
Keep them just moist so they can germinate and grow strong roots. Sometimes a tunnel-house or cover can grow greens well when there is too much rain about.
Too cold and seeds take ages to start to grow.
Try an experiment some time and go out at mid-afternoon and put your hand flat onto soil in full sun and notice how cold/hot it is. Now feel soil in a shaded place.
Best times for planting seeds of greens?
After the new moon on Friday 26th May is the best week to plant for lush leafy greens.
The best days are Sunday 28th, Monday 29th May 2017.