So many lettuce varieties to choose from
Whether you are new to gardening or have been at it for years, just about every gardener receives seed catalogues in the mail with so many varieties of seeds to choose from. As we browse through these colorful pages our creative minds start thinking of the possibilities as well as sparking the curiosity of our taste buds. What to plant? Let’s take Lettuce for example. We garden for many reasons, it’s therapeutic in so many ways, but many garden to grow their own food. If you enjoy healthy salads there is no better way to enjoy the freshest salad than to grow it yourself, but there are so many different types of lettuces to choose from, where to begin?
This most likely is not a challenge to one who already knows what their favorites are and has been successfully growing them year after year, but for the beginner this can be confusing. It takes years of trying new things to see if they grow well in your garden and if you enjoyed them or not. Each year I like to try a different variety of tomatoes, string bean, lettuce etc. to see how well they grow in my area and how they taste. If I like it of course I will keep on planting it every year.
Reputable Seed Company
Since I have been eating much healthier these days, I have decided I want to expand my lettuce growing this season but as I browse through the catalogues each one has like nearly 50 different kinds of lettuce to grow. I am not going to grow all 50 of course, but want to make sure I select the ones that will grow best in my area and taste awesome. I also want to make sure that I am buying my lettuce seed from a reputable seed company that sells heirloom seeds and does not promote gmo’s. One particular seed co. that has been around for over 35 years and is considered a national leader in preserving and distributing heirloom seeds is Seed Savers Exchange. They are an 890 acre farm near Decorah Iowa and maintain one of the largest collections of open-pollinated heirloom varieties in the United States.
There are many other reputable seed companies such has Botanical Interest, and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, a couple of my favorites, but I want to share something that Seed Savers Exchange offers that I found to be extremely helpful for selecting a great salad mix for this year’s growing season, and it’s their Heirloom Lettuce Collection.
The Heirloom Lettuce Collection from Seed Savers Exchange
This collection includes six of their most popular lettuce varieties, and comes in an attractive envelope displaying pictures of each variety with description. This is an excellent gift for both the avid gardener and beginner. This also is money saving deal, each package contains 250 seeds and is valued at $13.50, that’s comes out to be $2.25 a seed packet, in which if you were to buy separately would spend $2.75 per packet, so you save three bucks, but more importantly your getting an excellent variety of lettuce.
Seed Savers Exchange has granted me permission to use the following copy write photos of lettuce from their website, These photos should not be copied without contacting SSE, Thank you.
So Here's What You Get!
Susan's Red Bibb
So if you are new to growing lettuce and having trouble making up your mind on what to try I highly recommend giving this mix a “grow”. You may also want to consider this as a gift for that friend or family member who loves to garden, this is a gift that I believe every gardener would appreciate.
Have you grown any of the above lettuce varieties, and if so I would love to hear your opinion and experience with them as well as other varieties you recommend that are not in this mix. You can do this by scrolling below to leave a comment.
- Seed Savers Exchange
Since 1975, Seed Savers Exchange members have passed on approximately one million samples of rare garden seeds to other gardeners. We are a non-profit organization of gardeners dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds.
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