lettuce 'Little Gem'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile and moisture retentive
A firm favourite for generations of gardeners, this compact Cos lettuce is one of the best you can grow, with crisp, sweet hearts densely packed with flavour. Because of their relatively small size Little Gem is an ideal choice for growing in containers, but it will do just as well in the open ground.
- Growing Instructions:Sow into trays or modules in the greenhouse or on a windowsill and harden off before planting out. Or sow direct in shallow drills where they are to grow, either in containers or in the open ground, thinning seedlings to 15cm apart. Protect from slugs and cover early and late sowings with a cloche. Pull every other plant to use, as this leaves space for the remaining ones to fill out.
- Sow: March-July
- Harvest: May-September
- Approximate quantity: 1400 seeds.
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Q:When do I plant potatoes and other veg?
When is the best time to plants potatoes? Also can you advise me what veg I could grow now until March with poly tunnels?Asked on 10/4/2006 by Bets Ingram
A:You can start chitting your early and maincrop seed potatoes in February, but the best time to plant is in early to mid spring. As for growing vegetables in your polytunnels, you have lots of options. Spinach, kale, and some varieties of lettuce will live through the winter in a polytunnel. Certain kinds of onion work well from an autumn sowing, and you'll get a much earlier crop than if you'd waited until spring. Other possibilities are cabbage, Pak Choy, Chinese cabbage, and most root crops. Leeks, beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips and radishes, can be sown for winter harvestAnswered on 10/5/2006 by Crocus
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