Vegetables

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Lambs lettuce

Yates® Lamb’s Lettuce (Valerianella locusta), sometimes known as corn salad, is a delicate, nutty flavoured cold hardy leafy vegetable that is a favourite in French and Italian cuisine. It can be used raw in salads or steamed and served as a vegetable. It’s a superb cool weather salad ingredient and is packed with vitamin C, beta-carotene, B6, iron and potassium.

Yates Lamb’s Lettuce does best in a full sun or semi shaded position. To improve the soil and give lamb’s lettuce the best possible start, enrich the soil in the vegie patch beforehand with Yates Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. It’s as easy as mixing 150 g of pellets (around 2 adult handfuls) per square metre into the soil.

Growing to a petite 15 cm tall, Yates Lamb’s Lettuce can also be grown in a pot that’s been filled with a good quality potting mix like Yates Premium Potting Mix.

During April in temperate and cool areas around Australia sow seed of Yates Lamb’s Lettuce 5 mm deep direct where they are to grow. Lamb’s lettuce is not recommended for tropical and sub-tropical climates. Cover the seed with Yates Seed Raising Mix, firm down and keep moist. Seeds will take around 14-20 days to germinate.

Feed Yates Lamb’s Lettuce with Yates Thrive® Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food each week and begin harvesting from around 10 weeks. Pick individual leaves from the early stages. Plants will continue to grow and can be repeat harvested.

Watch for snails and slugs, particularly while seedlings are small. A light scattering of Yates Blitzem® Snail & Slug Pellets will easily control snails and slugs.

And for some recipe inspiration with your home grown lamb’s lettuce, try some delicious dishes like:


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