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Cool Weather Vegetable Garden

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Perfect for early spring or fall gardening, or cooler climates!

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Four cool-weather gardening staples. These varieties can all take a frost, and are a great choice for anyone living in a cooler climate. Excellent choices for early spring and fall gardening as well. Includes one packet each of:
  • 'Four Seasons' Lettuce - One of our best and most beautiful lettuces. A 6" butterhead with remarkable cold hardiness.
  • 'Merlin' Beet - The sweetest beet we've ever grown. Excellent roasted, baked, or boiled.
  • 'Bend and Snap' Pea - Grow crunchy, plump peas with and old-fashioned English pea flavor and a touch of sweetness.
  • 'Double Take' Hybrid Spinach - A richly-flavored, prolific spinach variety that's our new go-to for both baby leaf and mature harvesting.
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    Item#: 67022C
    Order: 1 Collection (4 Pkts./ 1 Ea. Variety)
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    How to Sow

    • Sow lettuce seeds in average soil in full sun in early spring for first crop. Sow in late summer for fall crop.
    • Sow every two weeks to extend harvests.
    • In late summer, sow in a protected are that stays below 75 degrees F.
    • Sow thinly in rows 12 inches apart and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil.
    • Follow the spacing recommended on the seed packet for specific varieties.
    • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
    • Seedlings emerge in 7-10 days.

    How to Grow

    • Thin to stand 8 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches tall.
    • Keep lettuce plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth.
    • Lettuce is shallow-rooted, so avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
    • Unless there is regular rainfall, lettuce plants must be watered deeply at least once a week and more frequently during periods of drought.
    • Mulch with a layer of compost or clean straw to help the soil retain moisture.

    Harvest and Preserving Tips

    • For the best quality, pick lettuce early rather than late as lettuce allowed to grow too long may be bitter and tough.
    • Try to harvest in the morning when the leaves are crisp, sweet, and full of moisture.
    • Harvest looseleaf types anytime the leaves are large enough to use.
    • Harvest butterhead types when they have formed heads and the leaves are a good size.
    • Cut the heads below the crown.
    • On leaf types, you can just pick a few leaves at a time, if you like.
    • Store for 5-7 days in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Many gardeners wrap leaves in moist paper towels.
    • Lettuce is a classic ingredient in salads. It adds crispness to sandwiches and can be used as a garnish, braised, or added to soups. Many of the looseleaf cultivars are also decorative in the garden.