(Lactuca sativa) Lettuce is native from the Mediterranean to Siberia, appreciated as an edible plant since ancient times. Lettuce is a cool and cold weather green that does require cooler temperatures to grow really well. Extreme heat will cause bolting and bitter flavor. You can direct sow seeds in the early spring, as soon as soil can be worked. Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep. The seeds sprout and grow whenever mild weather predominates, but their ideal germination temperature is 60-70F. Alterantively, you can start seeds indoors and set out acclimated seedlings 2 to 4 weeks before the last frost date. Succession plant lettuce for a continual crop, but avoid long days and heat of early-mid summer. You can resume your succession sowing for fall once the heat has subsided, about 4-7 weeks before the first predicted frost of the season. Spacing will vary depending on the type of lettuce grown. Loose leaf types can be seeded densely and thinned to about 4 inches per plant. Heading types should be spaced about 8-12 inches apart. Lettuce may be grown right through the winter where the weather is mild, or under row cover, cold frames, etc.
A blazing blend of rich red and purple varieties, this lettuce blend is likely the most colorful, flavorful and nutritious selection on the market. We have selected our favorite anthocyanin-rich varieties to make the most colorful salad blend possible. With increasing awareness of the importance of eating a rainbow of colors for nutrition, we have assembled a home or market gardener’s best choices for nutrient density, gourmet flavor and beauty. Many rare strains are included in this blend. Grow this for extra flavor, vitamins and beauty!
An amazing blue-green beauty! Our most heat-resistant lettuce, this giant variety keeps producing massive, crisp leaves right through our Missouri summer! This famous south China lettuce variety reaches 4 feet tall and allows multiple harvests. The young tender leaves are excellent for salad, while the larger leaves are supreme for cooking and stir fry! Thrives in warm weather and has beautiful thick blue leaves, which are delicious cooked. Good year-round lettuce and super heat tolerant!
(Our favorite butterhead type) A highly refined, gourmet butterhead with a downhome back history. This compact, silky soft lettuce is excellent in so many dishes. A butterhead better than any we have tried, this is a new staple in the salad garden or on your farm, reliable and next level eating quality. This heirloom was grown by a local man in the Dutch isles. He was known to deliver his signature lettuce variety in the basket of his bicycle, and he offered it in his small town for over 40 years. We are grateful that this man always allowed a small portion of the lettuce patch to go to seed so he could preserve the variety.
40 days. (Claytonia perfoliata) Annual, reseeds easily USDA zones 6 and warmer. A native wild plant, it makes a delicate, refined salad green rich in vitamin C. This exceptionally easy to grow annual has become a mainstay of market farmers and home gardeners, as it is a cold-hardy, cut- and-come-again green to grow in spring, winter and fall. Samples of wild claytonia were collected in 1735 by botanist John Clayton. The common name miner’s lettuce is a reference to the prospectors in the 1800s California gold rush who would forage this common wild green to fend off scurvy. This light and refreshing green will grow in a variety of soils and thrives in cool and cold weather. It is commonly grown throughout winter in fairly mild climates and can grow over winter in the north with just a bit of protection. It is a supreme choice for temperate and northern permaculture design as it makes a carefree and nutritious edible ground cover, returning each season from dropped seeds.
The reddest of the reds, this stunning variety was bred and introduced by Frank Morton in 1998. The lightly ruffled, shiny leaves add a vibrant burst of color and crisp, sweet flavor to any salad. In August of 2015, Outredgeous became the first vegetable to be grown and eaten on the International Space Station! Outrageous!