All year round is a 'Butterhead' lettuce variety which has crisp, compact and creamy white hearts, surrounded by sweet and succulent textured green leaves.
It can been sown from early spring to late summer and with adequate protection in colder weather can be harvested, as the name suggest, all year round. This heritage variety has been around since pre 1870 and is known as hardy and reliable and slow to bolt in dry hot weather.
|When to Sow
|March to April indoors or in a greenhouse , May to September outside.
|Where to Sow
|Sow indoors or in a greenhouse thinly in moist compost filled modules or trays, 1cm (1/2in) deep. Germination is best at 10 to 16°C (50 to 60°F).
|Sow outdoors in final growing positions, 5cm apart and 1cm (1/2in) deep, with rows 30 cm (12in) apart. Early and late sowing will benefit from cloche/ or fleece protection.
|Lettuce prefers light, well drained, moisture retentive, fertile soil in a sunny open site but will tolerate light shade in summer.
|What to do Next
|For indoor sowings prick out seedlings into individual pots and grow on until ready to transplant to final growing position in late April/Early May after hardening off for 7 days. Plant 25cm (10in) apart in rows 30cm (12in) apart.
|For outdoor sowings, as soon as seedlings are large enough to handle, thin out weakest seedlings until plants are spaced 25cm (10in) apart. Seedlings can be transplanted into other rows ensuring that they are watered in well.
|Water well, especially during periods of dry weather and in the 2 weeks prior to harvesting and keep weed free.
|Jan to Dec
|Small sowings every 3 weeks will give you a continuous crop throughout the year.
|The lettuce is ready to harvest when the central head is firm when pressed.
|Harvest before the central stem starts to form as this is a sign the plant is ready to bolt.
|Good Companion: Carrot, garlic, onion, radish as nasturtiums.
|A good source of antioxidants such as beta-carotene, and vitamin C as well as vitamin K.
|Lettuce butterheads have crisp leaves and are great mainstay of many salads. The leaves can be used as a healthy alternative to wraps and eaten with Mexican or oriental fillings.
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