Spring beauty lettuce - 30 seeds

Spring beauty lettuce - 30 seeds

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Spread seeds in rows 4 weeks before the last frost. Claytonia wants to get started early, and will germinate in cold temperatures. If it doesn’t get started before everything else, it may have trouble beating out the weeds. Ideally, sow it as soon as the soil can be worked, along with your garden peas.

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Claytonia is a perennial in zones 6 to 9, growing right on through the winter. For cold climates, it readily re-seeds with a high germination rate. Once you pant it, you can harvest from the same spot year after year. The nice thing is that even though it self-sows, I wouldn’t call it invasive. Individual plants are shallow rooted and pull up with the scratch of a finger. The stems are delicate, and if you ever decide you want them gone that’s easy enough to accomplish with a little regular hoeing. Claytonia grows in most soil types, but it prefers moist soil with a good amount of compost. Claytonia likes shade, and it grows best with a little protection from the hot summer sun. Try planting it behind taller crops like corn that will shade it midsummer.