Tips for starting lettuce from seed
I've tried to start lettuce from seed in the past and every time it's been a total fail. The little seedlings always want to bolt instead of forming a nice head. My cabbage did the same for me last year (although I suspect it was because I started it too late - They finally started making little heads last fall and promptly got frozen in a freak Halloween snow/ice storm).
Getting ready to start my seeds for the spring and am wondering what my seedlings might be missing that is causing them to bolt instead of forming nice heads.
In the next 2-3 weeks I'll be starting cabbage (Danish ballhead), lettuce (romaine & buttercrunch), broccoli (Waltham), and cauliflower (violetta italia).
Tips? for the last two years I ended up just buying broccoli plants and giving up on cauliflower because my seedlings got destroyed by bugs when I planted them out and then promptly bolted and never formed nice heads. I am planning on planting some aromatic herbs around/between these plants to help keep the bugs away and I have some floating row covers too. I really want to make these cool weather crops work this year!