Great Lettuce Growing Tips

Lettuce growing will be a snap with these helpful tips for choosing, planting, and harvesting.



lettuce growing - Garden Babies
Your lettuce growing efforts need not be confined to produce-aisle mainstays. Try a delicious butterhead variety such as ‘Garden Babies.’
PHOTO: BILL ADAMS
Giant Caesar
‘Giant Caesar’ is a crisp romaine that will live up to its name in a delicious Caesar salad.
PHOTO: BILL ADAMS
Salad bowl with flowers
Good greens make great salad. If you’re growing lettuce this year, follow our easy gardening advice and you’ll have salads galore!
ROGER DOIRON
Red sails
This gorgeous loose-leaf variety, ‘Red Sails,’ is sure to add color to your garden and your salad bowl.
BILL ADAMS
Freckles
There are multiple options within every lettuce type. ‘Freckles’ is an attractive, unique variety in the romaine group.
BILL ADAMS
Greens
It works well to plant short rows of lettuce every couple of weeks so you’ll always have some ready to harvest.
ROGER DOIRON
Oak Leaf
Some “cut and come again” varieties, such as ‘Oak Leaf,’ grow red and green leaves.
JASON HOUSTON
Cut loose-leaf lettuce
Cut loose-leaf lettuce 1 inch above the soil, then come back for more in a few weeks!
JASON HOUSTON
Mix of lettuces
Grow a mix of lettuces and other greens for maximum flavor and color in your spring salads.
JASON HOUSTON
Head lettuce
Do you have an abundance of greens ready? Harvest your head lettuce before it bolts, and it will keep nicely in the fridge for several weeks.
BILL ADAMS
Human salad spinner
No salad spinner? Try the human salad spinner technique described in the article to quickly remove water from freshly washed lettuce.
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