Always sow the correct variety for the time of year. Avoid sowing or planting on very freshly manured ground.
Autumn – Sow these varieties in August [July] ready for covering in October, to mature November/December – Dandie, Kweik, May King, Avoncrop, Dolly.
Winter – Sow a small seed bed in the frame in October [late September] with Kloek. Plus, Arctic King, May Queen, Kweik etc. ready to plant out in the frame in November/December for maturing in March/April.
Spring – For the earliest harvesting, sow late in December in a seed tray indoors on a windowsill or in a heated greenhouse. Best varieties are Lobjoits Green, Little Sam, May Queen. Plant out when at 2 leaf stage in January (put frame in position 7-10 days before). Lettuce can be intercropped with broad beans. If only one half is planted, more lettuce can be sown towards the end of the month in the other half, and peas sown between the rows. Ensure the ground is adequately moist before sowing or planting. Ventilate on hot days. Water once or twice, if required, and ventilate afterwards.