Lettuce, Carnival (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Red Oak Leaf. 30 days baby; 55 full.
A fantastic and strange oak leaf lettuce, like some kind of traveling circus. Lime greens and pinks swirled together on leaves pointing in all directions come together to make Carnival very unique. Narrow leaves are similar to Canary Tongue but with a nice red blush. Heads are large and have good flavor. We love this lettuce for spring and autumn heads and salad mixes. Variety given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by the Heritage Seed Library in England.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil year-round. Transplant into the garden 3-4 weeks after sprouting at 3″ spacing for leaf, 12″ for heads. Alternatively, direct sow March through September. In our area, lettuce can go through winter if protected. Succession sow for continual harvest.
Collect seeds when flowers are downy like dandelions. Cut seed heads and place upside down in a bag to dry for a few days. Knock seed heads against side of bucket or tote, rub downy fluff off seeds. Winnow and screen to clean.