n Farmer’s Weekly - Preparing to plant lettuce : vegetable production




The trend nowadays is to feed the soil and not the crop. This helps to avoid imbalances and over-fertilising, which is wasteful and may result in lower yield and other problems. The first step is to carry out a soil analysis and then add the elements that are lacking; this helps to create a balance in the soil. Thereafter, add nitrogen according to the crop's requirements; this will vary considerably from crop to crop and depend on climatic conditions as well as factors such as leaching.


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