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Lettuce seed sales surge as shortages start to bite

By Carly McKinley

There has been a surge in sales of lettuce seeds after bad weather across Europe caused a shortage in supplies.

Some supermarkets have no lettuce on their shelves and the price of the vegetable has rocketed in shops that do have a supply.

Cardwell Garden Centre near Gourock, Inverclyde, said it has almost sold out of packets of lettuce seeds after sales surged.

They have been inundated with requests for advice on how to grow lettuce.

Cardwell horticulturist Brian Hawthorne said the lettuce shortage may just be the tip of the iceberg after unusually cold weather in normally warm Mediterranean countries devastated the harvest.

He said: "In all my years working as a horticulturist I've never known so many people coming into the garden centre asking how they can grow their own lettuce and courgettes.

"I'd encourage people to grow their own lettuce, courgettes and other vegetables, as it's quite easy and anyway, home-grown veg always tastes better."

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