Lettuce, Speckled Amish Butterhead
Developed by the famed seedsman Frank Morton with a beautiful pattern of red speckles on bright green leaves, Speckled Amish was selected from a line of old heirloom lettuces preserved by Amish communities. It develops robust, dense heads that have a particularly smooth texture. This is a true gem for the garden!
Lettuce: Almost synonymous with the backyard veggies garden, lettuce is a great addition to the garden beds. These low, leafy rosettes come in a couple different categories - like romaine, boston, buttercrunch, or oakleaf, - and hundreds of different varieties! They do their best in the spring and fall when the hot summer heat doesn’t tempt them to make flowers and develop a bitter flavor.
Growing Tips: Plant lettuce about 10 inches between heads (6 if they are a miniature variety) and keep them well watered. I like to put down a little straw mulch to help keep the soil moist. If they get very dry or very hot they may ‘bolt’ by trying to build a tall center stem with flowers. When they do they get more bitter so eat them quickly!