Heirloom Kentucky Bibb Lettuce Seeds Vegetable Garden Organic Seed Non Gmo Butterhead Microgreens Micro Greens Container Gardening

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recycled paper, organic seeds, earth, sun, water

This heirloom butterhead lettuce is easy to grow, and is known for its delicious taste and crisp texture. This unusual lettuce with a resemblance to both leaf lettuce and iceberg lettuce was first grown by Lt. John B. Bibb of Frankfort, KY. Lt. Bibb served in the War of 1812, represented Logan County in the Kentucky House of Representatives and the state Senate from 1827 to 1834. However, it wasn't offered commercially until 1935. Bibb experimented with horticulture in his greenhouse and ended up with this famous variety - we know and love today, which provides the traditional salad lettuce of the Kentucky Derby. Bibb lettuce also has been called "limestone lettuce" because of the high lime content in the Kentucky soil. All of our lettuce varieties are perfect for microgreens, mesclun mixes and baby lettuce greens. 55-60 days. 100+ Organic seeds.

~ planting ~

When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost, and successive sowings thereafter every 3 weeks until 2 weeks before the first fall frost. USDA zone 8 or warmer: also sow in fall for winter harvest. Lettuce grows well in cool weather, so the first crop can be direct sown when the soil temperature reaches at least 35 degrees F, or as soon as the soil can be worked. If the soil temperature rises above 75 degrees F, the seeds become dormant. Direct sow the seed in rich soil and full sun, spreading them as thinly as possible in rows 1-2' apart; when the seedlings begin to grow, thin them to a distance of 8-12". Succession crops can be grown for fresh lettuce all season in areas with cool summers or warm winters; this is accomplished by planting a new crop every 2 weeks. (Since lettuce has very shallow roots, it needs adequate moisture in order to stay tender and sweet; keep the soil evenly moist. Applying mulch helps conserve moisture and control weeds.)

For companion planting benefits, grow lettuce with onions, cucumbers, or carrots.

~ harvesting ~

Lettuce retains its crisp sweetness best when harvested in the morning. For microgreens, cut the entire plant above the surface of the soil as soon as it reaches a height of 2-3". Outer leaves of the plant can be gathered all season until the main stem of the plant starts to grow, at which time the leaves will grow bitter. To harvest the entire plant when mature, cut it just above the surface of the soil; lettuce tastes best when fresh, but keeps in the refrigerator for about a week

~ additional instructions ~
- all seeds are heirloom, open-pollinated, organic & non-gmo (unless noted otherwise).
- detailed instructions are included with every seed package.
- inquire for discounts available on bulk quantities.

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