Lettuce, Little Gem Pearl (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Mini Green Romaine. 50 days.
A selection of Little Gem, this variety makes miniature heads of green romaine, and is possibly the best for sweet flavor. Because they are so compact, you can plant at twice the density of standard head lettuce, thus yielding more heads per bed foot. Also a great variety for container growing. A Royal Horticultural Society award winner, originally from England and said to be resistant to DM 1, 5 and 7.
Seed produced by Avoca in Corvallis, Oregon.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil year round. Transplant into the garden 3-4 weeks after sprouting. Alternatively, direct sow March-September. In our area, lettuce can grow through winter when given protection. Sow in succession for continual harvest.
Collect seeds when flowers have become downy like dandelions. Cut seedheads off and place upside down in a bag for a few days to dry. Slap seedheads against sides of bucket, rub down off of seeds, and winnow to clean.