Planted in succession about every two weeks, lettuces promise a harvest throughout the season.
There are two major types of lettuce, those that form heads such as iceberg, Boston, and romaine and those that don’t such as green and red lettuce.
Getting lettuce to form a true head can prove difficult in the garden, making loose leaf varieties easier to grow. The enemy of lettuce is heat, so be sure to plant during the cooler seasons. For small spaces lettuce makes an ideal container crop.
Great Salad Greens
Baby greens: Mildly tasting lettuce to spicy mustard or beet greens.
Romaine: Long and sturdy and crispy pale green leaves. A must have for a Caesar salad.
Leaf lettuce: Soft, delicate leaves with a mild flavor. Grow red and green for a beautiful salad.
Butterhead lettuce: Soft, pale, buttery leaves with mild flavor. Great for sandwiches or salad.
Spinach: Firm, dark green leaves. Ideal in salads, cooked into pasta and pastries or sautéed vegetable.