Cheetah (Valerianella Locusta), Sweetie Or Bursa

Cultivation of lamb's lettuce (Valerianella locusta) in the vegetable garden

The chewed up is a small biennial herbaceous plant that is part of the autumn vegetation salad. It has lovely fleshy leaves, flat, spatulate, up to 10 cm long, which, when united, form a rosette. The leaves are almost glabrous in the color of light green to dark green, and greenish-gray below. It is therefore in grace and elegance that this former wild companion of cultivated fields and meadows came to conquer our gardens.

Beyond its pleasant flavor, which earned it the nickname of "sweetie", "sweets", "sheep lettuce", "blanchette", lamb's lettuce has soothing, depurative, diuretic, emollient, laxative, pectoral, refreshing and revitalizing properties.. It is also endowed with nutritional qualities that make it terribly attractive for salad lovers: vitamins A, B1, B2, C and B9, potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, silicon and carotene. It contains little sodium and totals only 19kcal / 100g.

  • Family: Valerianaceae
  • Type: biennial
  • Origin: Europe, North Africa, West Asia
  • Color: dark green, blond green, green gray
  • sowing: Yes
  • Germination: 8 to 10 days
  • Planting: from late July to October
  • Harvest: 3 months after sowing

Ideal soil and exposure for the cultivation of lamb's lettuce

A consistent, rich, humus and well-drained soil is necessary for lamb's lettuce. The lamb's lettuce likes the freshness, a half-shaded corner, even shaded will suit him but the sunshine is also accepted.

Date of sowing of lamb's lettuce

Prepare lines spaced 20cm and then place your seeds, without overlaying them with soil because the seed is fine. Sow your seeds every 15 days to benefit from a regular harvest.

Seeding in July-August will be harvested in the fall, those in August-September in winter and those in September-October in late winter or early spring.

  • See the complete file on the sowing of lettuce

Advice of maintenance and cultivation of lamb's lettuce in the vegetable garden

You will have to practice hoeing to prevent weeds from choking it, as well as weeding. Practice mulching if the weather is cold.

Harvesting, conservation and use of lamb's lettuce

As soon as the leaves are well developed, you can harvest your chews, as and when needed. In general, the harvest starts 3 months after sowing in July-August and 3 to 5 months for later sowing.
The lamb's lettuce should be eaten quickly enough so that the leaves do not wilt.

Diseases, pests and parasites of lamb's lettuce

Rust, powdery mildew, damping-off and carrot maggot may affect the development of lamb's lettuce.

Favorable association of lamb's lettuce with the other vegetables of the kitchen garden

The lamb's lettuce is good companion with the leek but, as it appreciates the shade, it will be well intercropped with carrots, cabbage, onions, turnips or under fruit trees.

Varieties of lettuce to be sown in the garden

For some of the most rustic varieties, well resistant to cold, you sèmerez 'Green of Cambrai' or 'Green Louviers'. For an early, less rustic variety, opt for 'A big seeds', 'Gala', 'Green round vegetable garden'

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