lettuce 'Winter Density'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile and moisture retentive
The very best variety for growing during the coldest months of the year, as it's extremely hardy and resilient. It's a semi-cos type, with the solid, dark green hearts held lower to the ground than most cos types but well wrapped in outer leaves for protection. The flavour is sweet and fresh – a real winter treat.
- Growing Instructions:Earlier sowings can be made direct where they are to grow, in shallow drills: thin seedlings to 20cm apart and protect with a cloche once colder conditions start. Later sowings from autumn onwards do best in a coldframe or in the greenhouse borders: thin to 20cm apart once established. Protect from slugs. When thinning lettuce seedlings, lift the larger thinnings carefully and replant in a new row at their final spacings to double your crop.
- Sow: August-October
- Harvest: March-May
- 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 4/10/2006 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 5/10/2006 by Crocus
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