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tempted to sow them in the spring along with your other lettuces, you won't get
very good results. It's an endive, not a lettuce, even if it looks more like a
lettuce. They are actually in the same family as the Chichory and Radicchio.
They need heat initially to germinate to start their journey, hence sowing in
summer, and then cold to develop. Most varieties are very hardy and will
tolerate sub-zero. There are several varieties of escarole and endive; the
open-headed ones should be tied up about seven to ten days before harvest to
blanch the heart and make them tender. Or you can just stick a bucket on top
and, when you harvest that head, move the bucket to the next one. Be lazy - use
an elastic band. Be even lazier and plant them closer than the standard 20 cm
apart, so they all bunch up and blanch themselves.
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