Who would ever guess that lettuce had so many different shapes, flavours, textures and colours? Thankfully it is a cool weather crop that immediately seems to add dimension to new Spring gardens.

Get your seed in the ground as early as soil can be worked (many varieties have a tough time germinating in soil temp above 24 degrees C), or get a jump on the season and start plants indoors 4-6 weeks before planting out. Space lettuce for heads 8-12" apart, and sow salad mixes at about 60 seeds/foot. Keep in mind that many of the lettuces can be grown as a "come and cut again" crop as well.