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Plant early (as soon as the ground can be worked) and plant 1/2 inch deep.  Thin to keep 4 to 6 inches between plants.  The best tasting specimens are obtained when blanched and grown to mature after frost.  You may plant a second planting in late July for a Fall crop.  I blanch the plants by covering with old tubs or cardboard boxes.  The blanching process usually takes 10 days to 2 weeks.  (Approximately 900 seeds/pkt.)

 

Full Heart Batavian- 85 days- Wide, wavy leaves with irregular edging Plants can get very large when spaced far apart.Works well in salad mixes when harvested in the very tiny stage of growth. When it matures in the cooler parts of the season and is blanched the leaves have a soft buttery texture and are very tasty.  When I was living in the mild Lewis -Clark Valley in Idaho I used bushel baskets to cover the plants for a week to 10 days as the fall temperatures cooled and the result was a very tasty treat..  Pkt. $1.50

 

Green Curled- 80 days-  Finely cut, dark green curled leaves.  Hearts will blanch to white and spread to 12 to 18 inches.  When harvested in the very young tender stage it makes a nice addition to  salad mixes. Pkt. $1.50

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Sand Hill Preservation Center

Heirloom Seeds & Poultry

1878 230th Street

Calamus, IA 52729

563-246-2299

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