Organic Lettuce: Cos Maureen. Lactuca sativa.
This variety tolerates cool conditions, as far north as we in NI best to grow them under cover, then you’ll get more out of them with a longer season. Producing both female and male flowers, pick out the males if you don’t want to grow seeds.
How to grow:
Sow seeds into modules successionally from February under cover. Plant out into well prepared beds after frosts have passed or under cover from March onwards. Sowings in autumn can be cropped over winter under cover. Keep well watered to prevent bolting. Lettuce does not like extreme heat nor frost.
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 underneath. Whilst slugs are a beneficial part of your garden ecosystem, too many are a problem. Put them off by keeping surrounding soil well cultivated.
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.