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LETTUCE-GOURMET MIX is a superb tasty mix of several different lettuces . Eye-catching in patio containers or gardens, it is a good source of Vitamins C & A.   Gourmet Mix Letttuce contains a variety of delicate flavours & textures, shapes & colours of different types of lettuce such as red and green romaine, oak-leaf & curled leaf varieties. Whether you have a spacious backyard or a small balcony, you can successfully cultivate this nutritious and delicious green.   Plant in full sun or part shade every two weeks or so from spring until autumn to have a continuous supply of fresh salad. Pick leaves as required or when they are young for the best flavour.  Keep soil moist, weed free and fertilised.

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How to Grow Lettuce-Gourmet Mix

To grow Lettuce-Gourmet Mix  you will need to follow these general rules:

  1. Select a location that receives partial sunlight, preferably around 4-6 hours of sunlight per day.
    If you’re growing in containers, place them in an area where they can receive adequate sunlight and airflow.
  2. Choose the right soil. Gourmet Mix Lettuce like well-draining soil to prevent waterlogging that is rich in organic matter. The soil pH should be between 6.0 and 7.0. Before planting, loosen the soil to a depth of at least 15.24cm (six inches), removing any weeds or debris. Incorporate compost or aged manure to enrich the soil.
    Prepare the soil by loosening to a depth of 15-20 cm (6-8 inches) using a garden fork or tiller. Incorporate organic matter such as compost or aged manure to improve soil fertility and texture.   Aim for a soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0 for optimal lettuce growth.
  3. Plant directly into the prepared soil or containers in early spring or late summer. Space the seeds about 15.24cm (six inches) apart and 0.64cm (1/4 inch) deep.
  4. Water the seeds gently to avoid disturbing them. Gourmet Mix Lettuce requires consistent moisture, especially during germination and early growth. Water the plants regularly, keeping the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Provide about 2.54cm (one inch) of water per week.
  5. Maintain water to lettuce plants whenever the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Avoid overhead watering to prevent fungal diseases; instead, use a soaker hose or drip irrigation system.
  6. Fertilisation does not need to be heavy, so a light application of a balanced water-soluble fertiliser can help boost growth. Apply the fertiliser at half-strength once or twice during the growing season.
    Alternatively top-dress the soil with compost or well-decomposed organic matter every 4-6 weeks to enrich the soil.
  7. Thin out seedlings once they reach a height of 5-7.5 cm (2-3 inches) to provide adequate space for mature plants to grow.

Heritage of Lettuce-Gourmet Mix

Red and Green Romaine Lettuce:

  • Red and green romaine lettuce varieties are believed to have originated in the Mediterranean region, particularly around the area of modern-day Greece and Turkey. Romaine lettuce has a long history, dating back to ancient civilizations such as the Greeks and Romans, who valued its crisp texture and nutritional benefits. Over time, romaine lettuce spread to other parts of Europe and eventually to North America and beyond through trade and cultivation.

Oak-Leaf and Curled Leaf Varieties:

  • Oak-leaf lettuce and other curled leaf lettuce varieties likely originated in the Mediterranean region as well, along with other types of lettuce. Their exact origins are not precisely documented, but lettuce in general has been cultivated for thousands of years in regions around the Mediterranean Sea. Oak-leaf lettuce is named for its resemblance to the leaves of oak trees and is prized for its tender texture and mild flavour.

 As with romaine lettuce, these varieties spread to other parts of the world over time through trade and exploration.

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Planting Guide for Australia

Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Plant Height (cm)

15-30 cm (6-12 inches)

Season of Interest

Spring / Autumn

Temperature Range (°C)

10-20°C (50-68°F)

Determine / Indeterminate

Annual / Perennial / Biennial


Frost Hardy / Tender


Full Sun / Part Sun / Shade

Full Sun / Part Shade

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings

Sow direct


Well-drained, fertile soil


6.0 - 7.0

Soil Temperature (°C)

10-18°C (50-64°F)

Seed Preparation

No special preparation required

Sowing Depth (mm)

0.6-1.3 cm (1/4-1/2 inches)

Plant Spacing (cm)

15-20 cm (6-8 inches)

Row spacing (cm)

30-45 cm (12-18 inches)


Keep consistently moist, but not waterlogged

Germination Time (Days)

7-14 days

Harvest Time (Days)

40-60 days

Good Companion Plants

Basil, Cilantro, Chill, Carrots, Radishes, Onions, Garlic, Beets

Bad Companion Plants

Brassicas lie Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Sunflowers, Nightshade family like tomatoes, potatoes, peppers,


Aphids, Slugs, Snails, Cutworms, Cabbage Worms, Leaf Miners


Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, Botrytis (gray mold), Fusarium wilt. Lettuce Mosaic Virus

More About Us

ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.

We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.

We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.

Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.

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