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The Best Lettuce

June 15th, 2017

This year I’ve managed to grow the best looking lettuce I’ve ever grown. Every time I look at it in the garden I’m happy as can be. Perhaps its the varieties I chose, most of them came from Johnny’s Seeds and are selected for specific traits. The butterhead lettuces are amazing, the Salanovas are sizing up slowly, which is nice because they will hold in the garden while I harvest the other types. Here are the lovely mature lettuces in my garden. Butterheads are my favorite types to eat and to grow. I find them to be stunning both in the garden and in a salad. If I had to choose one variety to grow it would definitely be butterheads. Luckily I don’t have to choose, so I grow all different kinds.

They’re so pretty I almost don’t want to harvest them, luckily I love salad more than I love the look in the garden. My second planting of lettuce will be mature as this batch is eaten up. I should have seeded another flat a week or two ago, but I was traveling and then sick so I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Luckily in the summer there is a bounty of veg from the garden and lettuce takes a back seat to all the heat loving crops.

What’s your favorite type of lettuce?

7 Comments to “The Best Lettuce”
  1. Sara on June 15, 2017 at 7:51 am

    They look SO beautiful!! We’re having a good lettuce year too, and I’m having that “too pretty to eat” quandry. :)

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  2. PennyAshevilleNC on June 15, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Those are lovely! I use an heirloom mix but I pick them like cut-and-come-again style so they don’t form actual heads. Usually I can keep them going with spinach until early May. I have to admit though- seeing those beauties makes me want to go for heads next season!

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  3. Tonya on June 15, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Oh, I am so jealous! Beautiful and tasty too. Because our only child graduated this year and we are preparing for a celebration and sending him off to college, I decided to reduce my gardening this season. No lettuce. I also needed a year off from fighting squirrels, rabbits, woodchucks (despite 6 foot deer fence and buried chicken wire!)

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  4. Shelly on June 15, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Which butter head is that from Johnny’s? Your garden looks beautiful by the way.

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    • Susy on June 22, 2017 at 10:42 am

      They’re all, the red butter is a Salanova lettuce, I’m also growing ‘Alkindus’, ‘Edox’, and ‘Selvesta’, all from Johnny’s.

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  5. JessB on June 15, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    They are beautiful. I love growing lettuce. Gorgeous and tasty.

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  6. Joan Ray on June 16, 2017 at 9:22 am

    So beautiful! My favorite so far is Merlot, from Johnny’s. It’s such a beautiful deep red…

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