Lettuce - Little Gem
One of the earliest varieties to mature, Little Gem produces small compact plants which are packed with a crisp, sweet heart and little outside leaf. Lettuce Little Gem is very useful for cloches too.
Sow seeds thinly from spring to mid-summer, 6mm deep in drills 23cm apart. A moist well-drained fertile soil which has had plenty of compost dug in the previous autumn is best. In very hot weather it is best to water the soil before sowing and sow during the early afternoon. An early spring sowing under cloches will provide a really early crop. Thin out gradually to 23cm apart.