lettuce 'Lollo Rossa'
lettuce (cut and come again)
- Position: full sun
- Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil
A gorgeous lettuce with frizzy purple-tinged leaves which look fabulous in the plot and even better on the plate. It's a cut-and-come-again variety, so you can pick the outer leaves as you need them for salads and the heart will continue producing more, giving you a continuous harvest over several weeks.
- Growing InstructionsSow 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. For sweet, succulent baby salad leaves, grow plants at a close spacing and snip the whole head off with scissors about 2cm above ground level once leaves are 8cm tall.
- Sow: March-July
- Harvest: May-September
- Approximate quantity: 500 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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