Under the two long cloches devoted to this task I planted a total of 17 lettuces. They were of two different types - "Winter Density" and "All Year Round". In the photo above "Winter Density" is on the left.
|The long cloches in November|
A few days ago I took the cloches off, on a sunny day, in order to do a bit of maintenance. By this I mean removing any dead or yellowing leaves, cultivating the soil to aerate it, and giving the plants a bit of water. I judged that although these lettuce are likely to get bigger, I could justifiably harvest the first of them. After all, we wouldn't be able to eat them all at once, so it's best to start eating the first of them while they're young.
So, before replacing the cloches, I cut these two. One of each type.
Neither of them has much of a heart, because they are not fully mature, but as part of a mixed salad I think they are certainly acceptable. Here they are being supported by tomatoes, fennel and chicory from our Abel and Cole veg box, and a few home-grown salad sprouts: