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Grow lettuce in your cool-season garden

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One of the easiest vegetables to grow, lettuce is a cool-weather crop that will keep you eating fresh homemade salads well into fall.

One of the easiest vegetables to grow, lettuce is a cool-weather crop that will keep you eating fresh homemade salads well into fall. 


One of the easiest vegetables to grow, lettuce is a cool-weather crop that will keep you eating fresh homemade salads well into fall. 

Summer might be coming to a close, but before you put your gardening gloves away for the season consider growing several cool-weather crops to extend your harvest a few months. Lettuce might be thought of as a summer veggie since refreshing salads are popular during the hotter months, but it actually thrives in cooler weather. Plant several varieties and you'll have lettuce for salads, sandwiches, or healthy wraps.

Pick a variety

When planting lettuce there are several options to choose from:

Leaf lettuces are popular because they are super easy to grow, are ready to harvest in a short time, and you can just simply cut off what you need so a few plants can last a long time.

Romaine lettuce takes a little longer to grow, but the crisp, upright leaves are full of nutrients and make excellent salads.

Butterhead lettuce, or Bibb lettuce, is a head lettuce that has loose leafs and has a delicate, sweet flavor.

Crisphead lettuce (like Iceberg) isn't as flavorful as other options, but its crisp leaves and mild flavor makes it popular for people who typically aren't salad fans.

Not sure what to pick? Choose a seed packet that contains a variety of different types of lettuces to see which you like best.

Happy planting!
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