We had a few friends round for a BBQ today so it was the perfect opportunity to cut three of my Winter Gem Lettuces that have been happily growing in the coldframe all Winter.
They have hearted up nicely over the last week and were hitting perfection today so I went for it.
Winter Gem are just like Little Gem’s except they’re way more Winter hardy. They taste virtually the same too – nice and crispy and perfect with a good sharp dressing.
I sowed them back in October last year and basically fretted and fussed over them all Winter, particularly during our bout of snow. Then in early March I thinned them out, which is what allowed them to grow lovely and big.
I’d say growing Winter Lettuce is the perfect use of a coldframe or greenhouse. It makes use of your frame during an empty period and by the time you need it they can either be harvested or transferred to your main plot – I transferred my other Winter sowings (Avalanche Cauliflower and Winter Density Lettuce) a couple of weeks ago.
So come this October the first thing I’ll be doing is sowing some Winter Lettuce.