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Versatile lettuce is easy to grow, yields a bumper crop in small spaces and is largely pest- and disease-resistant. Plus, the yellow, bronze, pink and cherry-red varieties make great ornamentals.
Hardiness: Grown as an annual.
Planting advice: Plant seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep and 2 inches apart in fertile, well-draining soil, then thin to 12 inches apart. Plant seeds outdoors several weeks before the last frost.
Harvest tips: Ready to pick in 40 to 85 days. Use quickly; it doesn't keep long.
Recommendations: Green Ice (looseleaf), Buttercrunch (Bibb or Boston), Iceberg, Little Caesar (romaine).
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Source: Birds & Blooms "Grow Veggies for Less"