L23 - French Corn Salad, Mache or Lamb's tongue Verte de Cambrai: The best-quality and most famous variety, which comes from north-west France. This region has made lambs lettuce its own. Soft leaves which almost melt in the mouth.
Dont waste your money on pricey imported lambs lettuce as its easy to grow and quite quick from ground to plate. It can be sown from March to April and then again from July to the end of October, which is its main season. Many people are amazed that you can sow it so late in the year, but this is its time, so let nature take its course and youll be eating this wonderful leaf in the autumn and winter, especially if you stagger the sowing. It wont grow back after youve picked it, so pull the whole bunch of leaves up, cut the small root off, wash, dress and serve. I always plant a lot of this wonderful leaf, as I love making salad just with lambs lettuce. Sow 1 cm deep, water occasionally, especially at first, and nature will do the rest. It doesnt need full sun or feeding and pests pretty much leave it alone.
Sow: 1 cm deep from March to April & from July to Oct
Harvest: end of December
Approximate seeds quantity: @2200
Suitable for winter cultivation