Corn salad (Lambs lettuce)

Corn salad (Lambs lettuce)

Corn salad will grow happily in nearly all garden soils and situations, so it’s very useful as a winter salad, or as an undercrop for other vegetables like winter brassicas. You can cultivate it either as a cut-and-come-again crop or as individual plants. Dig over the soil 2 weeks before planting, and rake in a general fertiliser.

Sowing time

Any time between February – September.

Crop care

Sow thinly in drills ½” deep in drills 6” apart, then thin out regularly so that plants are about 4” apart, with plenty of space to mature. Corn salad is fairly slow growing, and can take 12 weeks to mature. Make sure that weeds don’t compete with it and swamp its growth – it may also need protection from slugs and birds in the early stages.

Harvest

Harvest leaves individually, or cut across the plants leaving them to re-sprout for a second cut. During winter, pick off leaves as required, but don’t strip the stems bare. Wash the leaves thoroughly to remove any grit before you eat them.