The other day I asked in a post "Is Lettuce for Summer only?" and mentioned that I was looking for some hardy lettuces to grow outdoors during Winter. One reader suggested "Arctic King" and "Valdor", which I shall now be investigating (Thanks, VP!). Several readers suggested I try Mache (aka "Lamb's Lettuce") instead. I have grown Mache in the past, but I have found it to be rather bland - as well as incredibly slow-growing - so I'm no further on there. However, I was also contacted by a person from Sarah Raven's company sarahraven.com who offered me some of their Best Winter Lettuce Mix.
This mix includes seeds for three different Lettuce varieties: "Can Can", "Green Salad Bowl" and "Merveille de Quatre Saisons" all of which are suitable for sowing very early in the year (February / March) or very late (August / September). So even if I can't sow them right now, I will be able to get started very early next year.
Very generously, Sarahraven.com have sent me not just one pack of these seeds, but four, so now I have three packs to give away!
If you would like to win one of these packs, please leave me a comment ON THIS POST, including the phrase "Winter Lettuce Mix", before 12:00 on Thursday 14th November 2013.
The winners will be chosen at random from all eligible entries, and notified via this blog.
In the meantime, have a browse around Sarah Raven's website. There are some good things to be had - including a range of courses about not only gardening, but also cookery and flower-arranging.