Lettuce, Stoke (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Mini Green Romaine. 50 days.
Mini romaine, similar to Little Gem. Good for close plantings. Crunchy and dark green, very hardy and said to be capable of overwintering in the south of England (minimum temperatures to 10°F) with no protection. This variety is originally from Stoke, located near Rochester, in Kent, England. It was grown by the Cheeseman family for 150 years, though likely dates from before 1840. We originally sourced this variety from the Heritage Seed Library in England.
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.