As I've mentioned before I have been saving seed from different lettuces for a few years now. The photo above is of a few escaped lettuces from last year's seed heads, they decided to make their home in the pathway and the neighbors plot. The self seeded lettuces are farther along that the ones that I planted this spring... I can't compete with nature.
This variety I have been calling Variety #1.... dull I know but I have no clue what it's true name is. It came in a mixed packet from High Mowing in 2007. Var. #2 and #3 are from that packet as well, var#2 is dark red and small, #3 is an oak leaf type and a little bitter. I enjoy saving lettuces, they rarely cross and they have a high rate of germination success even after two years.
I have been taking big hauls of spinach and lettuce for a few weeks now, the cilantro and radishes are a new addition. The radish pictured was also self seeded..... I didn't think that they could do that!!! Last fall I made a pile of the radish tops after the pods got too tough to eat, now that spot is covered with radishes, and again they are bigger than the ones I planted this spring.... Perhaps I should sow lettuce and radishes in the fall. Anyone have success with that??
It was a sort of a silly ride home, the bags of lettuce kept flopping over and hitting the bike's tires, I'd have to stop and tuck them back into the bungee cord. I need a new system. Perhaps a milk crate, or a basket.