Lettuce 'Mixed' is a mixed range, perfect to grow for baby leaves. The mix includes a wide range of colours, tastes and textures including Butterhead, Cos, Romaine, Iceberg, Batavian, Oak Leaf, Red Salad Bowl, Lollo Bionda and Lollo Rossa amongst others.
Grow the mix in either a bed or pot and all summer long you will have your own mixed salad bag right outside your door (without the plastic packaging!).
|When to sow
|Sow successionally end of February to August (Feb/March indoors or in a greenhouse/ April to August outdoors)
|Where to sow
|Prefers light, well drained, moisture retentive, fertile soil in a sunny open site but will tolerate light shade in summer. Sow indoors or in a greenhouse, thinly in moist compost filled modules or trays, 1cm (1/2in) deep. Sow outdoors, thinly in final growing position, 1cm (1/2in) deep, with rows 30 cm (12in) apart.
|What to do Next
For indoor sowings prick out 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 20cm (8in) 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 20cm (8in) 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. Regular cropping of baby leaves encourages new growth (up to 4 cuts) or cut the whole heads of mature plants when they are large enough to harvest.
|April to October
|Harvest before the central stem starts to form as this is a sign the plant is ready to bolt.
|Good Companion: Carrot, garlic, onion, and radish. Bad Companion: None
|A good source of antioxidants such as beta-carotene, lutein and vitamin C as well as vitamin K.
|Perfect in salads as either baby leaf or mature leaves.
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