Lettuce, D’Hiver de Sainte Marthe (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Bronze Romaine. 30 days baby; 60 full.
The crunchy, dark-green leaves of D’Hiver de Sainte Marthe lettuce are beautifully tinged with bronze. A cold tolerant fall and winter romaine that is fairly slow to bolt, sweet and delicious. Similar to Bath Cos type lettuces such as Brown Goldring and Bunyards Matchless, but with a more open head and slightly frilled leaf margins. A rare French heritage lettuce from Ferme de Sainte Marthe, a French organic seed company. It was given to The Seed Ambassadors Project in 2007.
Seed produced by Pitchfork & Crow in Lebanon, Oregon.
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.