Pest Management

How to Manage the Most Common Pests for Lettuce Organically in Your Backyard Vegetable Garden

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With all of the colors, shapes, and flavors of lettuce available, you can have a different salad every day of the week! Lettuce is adaptable to many different growing conditions but likes to stay in a cool 60 to 65 degrees. It will happily grow in the spring and fall, but you should plan to grow them in the shade during the hotter months to slow bolting. Bolting is whenever the plant turns bitter and sends up a tall, flowering middle stock. At this point, the plant is done. However, the flowers are a powerful attractant for beneficial bees and butterflies in the garden and we usually keep them around. Luckily there are not many pesky pests to deal with for lettuce and the ones they do have are fairly easy to manage organically!