Lettuce, Mikola (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Red Butterhead. 50 days.
A medium-sized, dark-red butterhead that stands out as one of our best varieties. Easy to grow and tolerant of summer heat – it was slow to bolt in our summer lettuce trial which included over 60 varieties. Great color, overall appearance and succulent texture. A reliable variety for gardens and market farms, Mikola was a commercial standard for organic and biodynamic farms for decades but it recently disappeared. We want to thank Turtle Tree Seeds for preventing its disappearance and for turning us on to this variety.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil year-round. Transplant into the garden at 1′ spacing 3-4 weeks after sprouting. 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.