Why organic lettuce deserves a seat at the table
- 9 organic lettuce seed varieties
- Easy to grow cool-season annual
- Cut-and-come-again harvests
- Colorful and flavorful leaf vegetable with a nutritional punch
The best organic lettuce for healthy salads
There’s nothing more satisfying than a salad on a warm spring day. But supermarket salads always seem to wilt and go slimy in the first few days after bringing them home. And you can take your pick between romaine or iceberg—how exciting. What if you grew your own lettuce this year? And got to choose between varieties like Buttercrunch, Little Gem, or Mesclun Mix?
Organic lettuce is easy to grow—learn how!
You'd be surprised at how easy organic lettuce is to grow. It’s a prolific vegetable that will regrow time and time again after you cut it. Homegrown lettuce is a delicious superfood, high in Vitamin A—essential for healthy skin, eyes, and strong bones. If nothing else, you should grow organic lettuce simply because it is a gorgeous vegetable. Varieties can be any shade of green or a rich purple. Some organic strains are an ombre of both colors. Organic lettuce is as abundant in flavor as it is in color. Taste profiles range from buttery to nutty, so there is a variety for even the pickiest of palettes!
Organic lettuce is a versatile leafy vegetable and it can be grown in a multitude of ways. In a temperate climate, lettuce does well outside in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall. Organic lettuce will bolt and turn bitter during the hottest days of summer—this leafy vegetable is better suited as a cool-weather crop. For head lettuce, space transplants at least eight inches apart for loose-head varieties or 16 inches apart for firm-head varieties. For leaf lettuce, space transplants four inches apart. Leaf lettuces can be harvested a month from sowing, and head lettuces require a couple of weeks more. Either way, be sure to order extra organic lettuce seeds and plant successions every seven to 10 days.
Use organic lettuce for microgreens
Did you know that organic lettuce is also a favorite choice for microgreens? Microgreens are a fantastic addition to salads, sandwiches, smoothies—you name it! To grow organic lettuce as a microgreen, fill a seed tray with soil and multi-sow a pinch of lettuce seeds in every cell. Water as needed until the seedlings are two inches tall, or have their first set of true leaves. Use a pair of scissors to cut sections of seedlings at the base. Enjoy these microgreens within the first few days of harvesting, and schedule weekly succession plantings for a continuous harvest.
Eden Brothers' organic lettuce seed is your ticket to enjoying more salads this year. Don’t waste time and money buying flavorless lettuce at the supermarket. Grow your own organic lettuce and you’ll be craving healthy salads all year long.
For more information about planting, growing, and harvesting organic lettuce seeds, see the Lettuce Seeds Planting Guide.