grow-organic-lettus-featured red-cross-butterhead-lettuce-featured-flipGrowing lettuces for your salads all year around will take a rhythm. By that I mean they are fast growers, produce and go home (to the compost). Once you are set up, plant some out every few weeks to have continual produce. They are high in fiber but what many don’t understand, lettuce can provide most of your protein requirements. The colored variety’s contain a flavanoids. If your not hip to what that is, then heads up. Super stuff for the old constitution. Pick lettuce in the morning to preserve the crispness it acquires overnight or 5 minutes before you munch’em down. Both ways have their advantages.

  • Crisphead- Crisphead, cabage-like lettuce includes the familiar iceberg types. It is the old standby in the traditional grocery stores we used to roam. It has the thickest, crunchiest leaves of all the lettuces. Iceberg is perhaps the least nutritious type, yet is a good source of  fiber and has abundant leaves. Crisphead varieties are ready to harvest approximately 95 days after planting.
  • Romaine- Romaine or Cos lettuce has elongated leaves with stiff ribs. You have eaten it in Cesar salads, I am sure. The crunchy, spoon-shaped leaves are very nutrisius do to their color. Color in any veggie is where the nutrition lay. They require a fairly long time to mature; 70 to 75 days. Romaines have a distinct advantage over Crispheads in that you can harvest the outer leaves of the head as it continues to grow in the garden. Sounds good… right? The plant, red-leaved and red-speckled are especially beautiful. Growing it simply for the beauty is a noble endeavor indeed,. But I dare you not to eat the beauty.
  • Butterhead- Bibb, Boston lettuce has soft, tender, rich green outer leaves. Because the inside leaves receive little light, the inner leaves are cream or “butter” colored, hence the name butterhead. It is very high in nutrition but are best known for their smooth buttery texture. Butterheads form loose heads and will mature 55 to 75 days after planting. You can pick the outer leaves of Butterheads and new leaves will grow from the middle of the rosette.
  • Looseleaf- Looseleaf lettuces, or Batavian are the fastest to grow. As the name implies, they don’t really form crisp inner heads. Most types have loose, open growth habits with leaves that range from smooth to frilly. Looseleaf can easily be planted and harvested within a few weeks as tasty baby lettuces. You can harvest the outer leaves of leaf lettuces, and the plants will grow new ones for later picking, or pull entire heads at once.

Below are a few great lettuces to grow