Black Seeded Simpson (45 days)
An old reliable lettuce that is heat resistant, slow to bolt and very dependable. Leaves are large, but lightly crispy and ruffled. Excellent for spring, early summer and fall planting. I remember my grandmother growing this variety. She was a practical German woman, so it was one of her favorite for its consistent yields...when the rabbits didn't find it!
1885 James J.H. Seed Co. says..
"An improvement on the Simpson, being finer in many respects."
Luckily for me, it is Lou Gallo's favorite lettuce, so he often over plants when starting his fall crop. And I often benefit, as Lou is quite willing to share.
|Lou's Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce, September 20, 2012
|My box of transplants
I had started some Black Seeded Simpson earlier, but only a few came up in the middle of this bed. The arugula to the right did much better, and the Four Seasons Lettuce with the coppery color to the left did passably. I took some of the new transplants, and filled in the Black Seeded Simpson swath.
|Four Seasons, Black Seeded, and Arugula, September 20, 2012
|Sitting in the shade