Every year I offer vegetable plants, and every year it tends to vary what I offer, although I do have my favorites as do most of you. Space is usually at a premium (I need another greenhouse, but I suppose I’d fill that one too!) and I don’t want to plant too soon so I wait until the weather is more friendly. For things like cucumbers, squash, and melons if I plant them too soon, they will eventually languish in their pots waiting for transplanting. Not good for you, not good for them. (Click here for lettuce gallery)

Our average frost date is May 15th but we’ve had one as late as June 1st. Lettuce is one of my new favorite crops. Who know there were so many varieties! The colors, the forms, the sizes, you name it. Cauliflower, broccoli, bok choi, kale and cabbage are all cool season crops that can be planted in April, depending of course on the weather. Some veggies (squash, cucumbers) don’t like their roots disturbed so overgrown plants don’t gain you any advantage over direct seeding. I try to time it so that most things are ready for the last week of April and the first week of May. Check back to this page from time to time and refresh your screen. New things will be popping up all the time.

Lettuce likes cooler temps from 40 F to 70 F . Mine have survived down to 32 F. These plants don’t like it hot and will bolt. One year we went from 70 F to 90 F in a days. My lettuce bolted within two days of this happening. One thing you can do is move them into shade, that will help stave off the inevitable bolting. For a short period of time. I don’t plant my lettuce in the garden anymore. I use pots or colanders. With colanders, you have perfect drainage and I’ve never had a slug problem (yes, I know they have a God-given purpose but for the life of me, I can’t figure out what it is!)The other nice thing is that you can have it more readily available to the house.

Short explanation of lettuce types:

Generally grown to full-size heads, butterhead lettuce has a beautiful ruffled appearance, with a blanched heart and a delicate, sweet, and buttery flavor.

Lollo forms loose heads with very frilly leaves that are often used for garnish. Lollo can also be used for baby leaf production. The leaves are characteristically wide, and can be used for wraps in addition to garnishes.

These varieties form attractive, relatively dense, rosette-like heads of curly, crisp leaves that are characteristically deeply lobed and similar in shape to those of oak trees.

Deer Tongue:
Also known as Matchless lettuce, Deer’s Tongue lettuce is a loose-leaf variety that is favored for its sweet, nutty flavor and tender texture.

Romaine (Cos):
Romaine is best known for its compact hearts of long, broad leaves. The outer leaves can also be used as wraps. The flavor is sweet, and the texture is crisp. Some romaine varieties have a more open plant habit than those that form the classic tall, blanched hearts.

Summer Crisp/Batavia
As the name implies, summer crisp is the ideal choice for summer lettuce. It is relatively tolerant of hot weather and can be grown for either baby leaf or full-size heads. The full heads are heavy and compact.

angels ear
annie oakey
better angel
black seeded simpson
blushed butter oaks
bronze arrowhead
bronze mignonette
cardinale batavian
de moges braun
elf ears oak
flashy butter gem
flashy green butter oak
Forellenschluss ritzy
Forellenschluss Routine
garnet butter gem
grand rapids
green deer tongue
green towers
hyper red rumpled waved
hyper red rumpled
Irene Green Gem
lingua di canarino
little gem
lollo di vino
manoa ocelot
marvel of the four seasons
mayan jaguar
new red fire
north pole
parris island
plato 2
pomegranite crunch
rouge d hiver
sierra batavian
slo bolt
speckled trout
sweet valentine
tom thumb
yugoslavian red