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This is how I turn an old styrofoam box into a ‘barn’ to grow salads, eat all year round

Both delicious and nutritious, lettuce is gradually being chosen by many women to grow on their own terraces.

Lettuce is a familiar vegetable that is loved in every daily meal. They contain a lot of fiber and vitamins such as vitamins A, K, C … bring health benefits such as: help strengthen immunity, support the digestive system …

However, because familiarity can be bought at any market, it is difficult for consumers to control the quality. In fact, growing lettuce is quite simple, just need a styrofoam box and soil, you can completely create your own garden with the following way:

How to grow lettuce in Styrofoam containers for family members to eat all year round

Prepare:

– Lettuce seeds purchased at stores and supermarkets

– Styrofoam boxes: 2-3 boxes (depending on the amount of vegetables grown), size 40 x 60 cm, punched holes in the bottom of the box for the plants to drain.

– Plastic pots: 3-4 medium sized pots

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– Soil: buy soil with high humus content, medium moisture, rich in nutrients. Then mix the soil with coir in the ratio 1:1.

– Organic fertilizers.

Perform:

Step 1: Punch small drainage holes in the bottom of the plastic pot to avoid waterlogging.

Step 2: Wash the pot to remove the bacteria inside and then put the soil in the pot.

– Step 3: Spread the seeds on the surface of the soil in the pot (lettuce seeds have thin shells, so they do not need to be soaked). Then cover with a layer of soil on top, water to create moisture for the seeds to germinate quickly.

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– Step 4: Put the plastic pot in a dark place to help the seeds germinate quickly, about 1-2 days depending on the quality of the seed.
– Step 5: When the lettuce grows seedlings about 2 pairs of leaves, then knock the plants out and plant them in Styrofoam containers.

– Step 6: The lettuce plants are planted in foam containers about 10cm apart, 15cm apart from each other. Do not leave lettuce in an area with a lot of sunlight and direct sunlight because it is easy to burn leaves and yellow.

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– Step 7: Water the plants twice a day, in the early morning and late afternoon with a mist sprayer. Catch leafminers daily in the early morning (if any).

* Note: If planted in the rainy season, you must carefully cover the small vegetables to avoid waterlogging.

– Step 8: Apply organic fertilizer twice while the plant is growing.

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– Step 9: After 30 – 50 days (depending on environmental conditions, nutrition) can be harvested by cutting the tops, pruning leaves to eat. Note: Stop fertilizing about 10 days before.

– The post-harvest crop can be treated by applying agricultural lime. Proceed to plowing the soil and leave it for about 3 days in the sun to avoid mold and pests. Then add a little nutrient soil that can be used to replant the next batch of lettuce.