Organic Lettuce: Oak Leaf, Red Salad Bowl. Lactuca sativa.
Large loose lettuce with red oak shaped leaves. Lettuce hybridises readily with other members of the Lactuca genus and this has aided plant breeders to devlelop many kinds. Rich in Vitamins A and K and a source of foliate and iron.
How to grow:
Sow seeds into modules starting February through to August. Plant out into well prepared beds after frosts have passed or under cover from March onwards. Keep well watered to prevent bolting. Lettuce does not like extreme heat nor frost.
This variety is said to be less attractive to slugs. Aphids overwinter on Ribes spp. (Blackcurrants etc.), so keeping them clean and growing your lettuce at a distance can help reduce your aphid problem. Water from below.
Favourite ways to eat them:
It’s good practice to wash your leaves well when eating raw. Perfect mixed with other leaves for a fresh healthy salad. I am assured by my sister that lettuce soup is delicious.
Though the native range of lettuce extends from the Mediterranean to Siberia it is now grown worldwide.
Avg contents: 200 seeds.