Lettuce hear it for lettuce

I frequently suggest that we plant a few other salad leaves to jazz up boring old lettuce, but need lettuce be boring? Well it can be but it needn’t be. Lettuce has been really useful this season because it has been so cold and they have been the one crop that has really done well. I started sowing in March and I am harvesting these now but have been sowing every few weeks with other varieties and I should have enough to keep me going till the end of July – but I must remember to keep on sowing!

'Sweetheart' is my favourite lettuce. It is a small Cos type and is incredibly crunchy and tasty. It makes the perfect Caesar salad and each plant is enough for two people. It is resistant to disease and 'holds well' when mature too.

‘Sweetheart’ is my favourite lettuce. It is a small Cos type and is incredibly crunchy and tasty. It makes the perfect Caesar salad and each plant is enough for two people. It is resistant to disease and ‘holds well’ when mature too.

The 'next' lot of lettuce, sown in April with 'Cimmaron' in the foreground. This bed is shaded by a large wall from 1pm each day but they are all doing fine

The ‘next’ lot of lettuce, sown in April with ‘Cimmaron’ in the foreground. This bed is shaded by a large wall from 1pm each day but they are all doing fine

The big success this year has been ‘Morton’s Secret Mix’ from http://www.realseeds.co.uk . This mix of ‘new’ varieties has been a real joy with an amazing range of types. Some are ‘HUGE’ though the photos can’t show the various scales. Others are petite but all are amazing. The following photos are of those sown in March I am harvesting now but the next batch are at the back of the photo above.

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5 Comments on “Lettuce hear it for lettuce”

  1. joy
    June 17, 2015 at 7:43 am #

    all those lovely lettuce no wonder sunny is chirping

  2. Dan
    June 17, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

    Wow, that’s some fantastic lettuce!

    • thebikinggardener
      June 17, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

      Thanks – shame about the carrots – too ashamed to show those 🙂

      • Dan
        June 17, 2015 at 7:49 pm #

        Haha, we always reserve the right as bloggers to be selective

      • thebikinggardener
        June 17, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

        well maybe I will show them when I don’t need to get my macro lens out!

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