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Let us celebrate the delicious, leafy world of lettuce! Lettuce isn’t native to North America, but it’s certainly made itself at home here. The United States is the second largest lettuce producer worldwide, surpassed only by China, which keeps most of its crop…  READ MORE right arrow
Ah, lovely lettuce. Light and fresh in salads; on burgers; in sandwiches and tacos. It’s the food you eat before you eat—so you don’t fill up too much. It’s one of the most ever-present components of dinner. For many people, a big salad topped with some…  READ MORE right arrow
Various crops of fresh lettuce

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Lettuce varieties growing in a garden
When you go to the grocery store, you’re likely to find basic representatives of the various types of lettuce varieties: iceberg, Romaine, bibb, leaf. Hit up a farmer’s market, and suddenly your choices have expanded within each of those categories—who knew there were so many types of lettuce?  READ MORE right arrow
Gardener planting lettuce seedling in ground
Can you grow lettuce from seed? Yes. Should you? Yes. Lettuce is a shallow-rooted plant, and it can be a little fussy come transplant time. That being said, you can still start seeds indoors and transplant your seedlings after the last hard frost. Just be very gentle with them and be prepared to lose a few in the transplanting process.  READ MORE right arrow
Lettuce growing in open ground
Lettuce loves sunshine and some partial shade when it’s hot. Lettuce likes well-draining soil that won’t leave its roots soggy. The soil should also be cool, loose, and at a pH between 6.0 and 7.0; for many varieties, you’ll see a narrower requirement of 6.2 to 6.8.  READ MORE right arrow

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