Lambs Lettuce - Valentin
Valentin can be picked as whole heads or individual leaves, either way, it is great in salads. With spoon-shaped, shiny leaves, it's easy to grow, even in pots.
Sow outdoors thinly from April to August, where they are to crop, 1.5cm deep, directly into prepared, fertile, well-drained soil, which has been watered. For cut and come again baby leaves, allow 15cm between rows, or sow thinly, directly into 25cm pots. Early sowings may benefit from cloche protection. Seedlings usually appear in 7-21 days. No further thinning should be necessary. Keep moist. Regular sowings, made every two to three weeks, will ensure a continuous supply of leaves. Pick a few from each plant when approx. 5cm high. They will regrow for up to 4 'cuts.' For mature leaves, allow 20cm between rows and thin to 15cm apart. Harvest whole plants from May. Can also be grown under glass.