Choose the right varieties and you can have lettuce almost all year round. There are so many types of lettuce to choose from – all with different colours, flavours and textures – that salad need never be boring!
There are two main types of lettuce – hearting lettuces have a dense centre, while loose-leaf lettuces have open leaves and no heart. You can also grow a variety of salad leaves that can be picked while young and tender
If you’re growing lettuce to maturity in a single area (soil prepared to 30cm depth), plant in rows 30cm/12in apart and set plants out to 15-20cm/6-8in apart matching the original soil level
Larger varieties may need slightly more space within and between rows
Looseleaf, Butterhead, Romaine (Cos), Buttercrunch Batavian, Heading, Chinese
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