Merlot Batavian Lettuce

50-65 days. More than just a work of art, Merlot is a premium, ruby-colored gem certain to be a focal point in your garden and a favorite in your family's salads. It is an open-headed, Batavian-type with upright, waxy, savoyed leaves with wavy edges. Resistant to downy mildew, it is tolerant of summer's heat and very slow to bolt, making it ideal for use in all seasons. Merlot is perfect for baby leaf cut and come again harvesting or for growth to crisp, full-sized, burgundy heads. Its superb, juicy flavor and crisp texture will light up the most discriminating of palettes. Lightly toss these delicious leaves with thinly sliced scallions, bite-size tangerine sections and crumbled Gorgonzola, and dress it with our Every Night Vinaigrette. (OP.)

One packet of about 500 seeds
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A far cry from its wild, weedy ancestors, Lettuce now appears in all shapes, textures, flavors and sizes, bringing healthy crunch to modern kitchens. The varieties we offer are beautiful, reliable and usually not available in stores. To enjoy its ephemeral sweetness and texture, make sure Lettuce grows quickly: water it frequently and fertilize weekly with fish emulsion or manure tea. Direct-seed from the spring through the late summer. For baby greens, sow thickly and harvest with scissors or raise transplants, plugging seedlings into empty spaces in your garden as they become available.

Average seed life: 3 years.

To broaden the range of texture and flavor in your garden and salads, don't forget to plant some of these specialty Salad Greens: Arugula, Asian Greens, Chervil, Claytonia, Cress, Dandelion Greens, Endive, Escarole, Frisee, Giant Red Mustard, Komatsuna, Lettuce, Mache, Mibuna, Minutina, Mizuna, Orach, Radicchio, Salad Blends, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard, and Tatsoi.

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