Salad Mix ‘Summer’
Large oak-leaved blend of light green frilled leaves and leaves flushed with red.
This lettuce is slow to bolt and perfect to grow outdoors during our changeable summers. Large open-hearted, plants can be harvested one leaf at a time as ‘cut and come again’.
I keep a rotation of 3 pots, the first by the back door for ‘eating’, the next ‘growing’ and finally a pot that has just been ‘sown’.
It really could not be easier and grow alongside my favourite Basil Mix for really flavoursome dishes!
How to Grow:
Start seeds undercover from mid April, the perfect follow-on crop from Salad Mix ‘Winter’. We will succession sow roughly every 4 weeks.
Sowings may be done outdoors direct into pots or in the ground.
I prefer to sow either in cells (1 seed per cell) for transplanting later or sow thinly direct into 15L pots.
Cover seeds with a fine sprinkle of compost and keep moist. Seeds that are dry won’t germinate. Misting with a spray bottle during hot spells will ensure uniform germination.
As the seeds emerge you can easily distinguish between Red and Green varieties choosing to grow them on separately, or mixed together, they make handsome patio containers.
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Variety: Lactuca sativa
Type: Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun / Part shade
Sow: Spring – Summer
Height: 15-20 cm
Seeds per packet: 300
Harvest: 4-6 weeks from sowing. Plants should produce leaves for 8-12 weeks when harvested as ‘cut and come again’. I permanently have at least one pot for ‘eating’ one ‘growing’ and ‘one just sown’.
The plants need plenty of water, but not too much sun. Move plants to part shade during hot spells. Leaves are tender for eating which means they are also delicate. Protect against aphids. I drop picked leaves into a bowl of deep water for 20 minutes, any bugs will safely float away.