Friday, 17 March 2017

In My Seed Box 2017 - Lettuce

Lettuce was something that I was very good at growing a couple of years ago but last year was a complete and utter disaster, as fast as it grew the slugs demolished it, this year I'm going to try better and harder at slug control.

I'm hoping to plant some up around the base of the tomatoes in the back garden and perhaps find a shady spot on Mill Green, I can't really see a bed being ready on Spencer Road this year as I need to play catch up with the Onion beds.

I have a load of seed from 2015 and they will be scattered in square flower boxes as cut and come again, not what the wife likes but if there is a lettuce crisis again in spring and summer we will at least have some for our lunch time sandwiches. 

Review Of Seed Stocks in Packets Sow By 2016

Chartwell (Sweetest Tasting Romaine Lettuce) x 3 packs - 500 seeds/pack - Thompson & Morgan
Tom Thumb - (Small, tasty, solid little hearts) - 1100 Seeds - Suttons
Lobjoits Green - Cos Lettuce - 1300 seeds - Suttons

Review Of Seed Stocks in Packets Sow By 2017

Elyburg - 200 Seeds - Thompson & Morgan Trial Pack
Little Gem - 500 Seeds - Thompson & Morgan Starts-A-Garden
Sweetheart (Cos) - 200 Seeds - Mr Fothergill
TanTan (Larger Little Gem) x 2 packs - 250 Seeds/pack - Thompson & Morgan  
Winter Density - 1250 Seeds - Suttons
Winter Gem - 150 Seeds - Thompson & Morgan

Review Of Seed Stocks in Packets Sow By 2018

Maureen - (Little Gem Type) - 175 Seeds - Thompson & Morgan  
Tom Thumb - (Small, tasty, solid little hearts) - 1500 Seeds - Mr Fothergill

Sowing Dates

Chartwell          - Mar - July
Elyburg             - Mar - July
Little Gem         - Mar - July
Lobjoits Green  - Mar - July then Sep
Maureen           - Mar - July
Sweetheart       - Mar - July
TanTan             - Mar - July
Tom Thumb      - Mar - July
Winter Density  - Jan - Apr &  Aug - Dec
Winter Gem      - Sep - Jan

Germination 7 - 14 days
Sow every 2 - 3 weeks to ensure a continuous supply
Sowing to Cropping 10-12 Weeks

Too late for sowing in Jan & Feb this year but I need to continue growing lettuce (the Winter varieties) between August - February in the unheated green houses. I also need to add these to the Sowing & Planting Plan    

Here are the Lobjoits Green & Little Gem Lettuce sown 9 days ago, the Little Gem are faster and larger than the  Lobjoits Green, I will wait until they grow a little larger then snip off and leave the stronger lettuce to mature. 

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