Lettuce, Garnet Looseleaf (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Red Leaf. 30 days baby; 55 full.
A red loose leaf type lettuce with green contrast inside the head. Does not quickly grow oversized as with some red leaf lettuces. Crunchy yet tender texture makes it better than some of the recent lettuces released by the big seed companies with their tough rubberiness. For full color development, it is best grown in full sun. A commercial standard in the late 1980s, Garnet Looseleaf was bred by the Ferry-Morse Seed Company in California for year-round lettuce production. Bred to be an improvement over Prizehead with a darker, more intense red color and shorter plants, it is a single plant progeny selection from the Korean variety Seoul Ruby.
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.