Lettuce, Smile (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Green Oak Leaf. 30 days baby; 55 full.
Great for salad mix production and also heads up nicely for the perfect sized salad at home. The bright green color and sweet flavor coupled with the soft delicious texture make Smile a standout variety. Similar in appearance to Galisse but with the ability to attain a much bigger head. If your goal is to grow a ton of salad, this is the right variety for you. Fairly heat tolerant and definitely slow to bolt. Good choice for cut-and-come-again style production. Said to be popular in Europe for outdoor field or greenhouse production, and to be bottom rot resistant. For us, Smile was very resistant to tip burn and mildew; plenty to smile about!
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 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.