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Old December 12, 2015   #16
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Nevada, tolerates heat well into June, cut and come again, pull the plant or harvest individual leaves. It has a softer texture than romaine but is still crisp and tastes great.
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Old December 12, 2015   #17
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+1 Frank Morton, the owner of Wild Garden Seed, is a super talented breeder of lettuces and many other things. He lists 100 lettuce varieties, and offers some really great seed mixes from works in progress.
With two TVille recommendations for him and his lettuce, I'll have to order some this year. I've surfed his site before and was quite impressed with what he does.
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Old December 12, 2015   #18
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I second the Jericho (romaine), Nevada (batavian type), and Pirat (butterhead). They can take the heat. Also Two Star (green leaf lettuce) and Galactic (deep red glossy leaf lettuce). And of course Little Gem and Tom Thumb. I also grow a mesclun mix just for fun.
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Old December 12, 2015   #19
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For heat I like Sierra. I was able to grow it all summer long. For cooler temps Little Gem (aka Sucrine) is my favorite.
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Old December 12, 2015   #20
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Cole Robbie, if this does well for you in IL I should try it in southern WI. How deep into summer do you grow it and how does the flavor hold up?
It's a spring crop for me. It also does well in containers.

I've had market customers recommend Nevada as a heat-tolerant lettuce.
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Old December 12, 2015   #21
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I grow Nevada as well. Never bolted for me and tastes great.
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Old December 12, 2015   #22
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Les Orielles de diables
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Nevada
Jericho
Outredgous

take a look at wildgardenseeds for some good ideas. http://www.wildgardenseed.com/

A BIG thanks for the link, Darrel.

Since you're the one who now has set my seed swap back a few hours, others know who to blame.
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Old December 12, 2015   #23
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My gardening buddy down the road grows nothing but Nevada. She loves it, and claims that it is both heat and cold tolerant. She gave us a lettuce to try in the summer and it was very good. I'll be growing it next year!

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Old December 12, 2015   #24
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This thread tempting me to grow some lettuce coming spring.
We have perfect weather for lettuce, except for the slugs. They LUve lettuce. hehe
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Old December 12, 2015   #25
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This thread tempting me to grow some lettuce coming spring.
We have perfect weather for lettuce, except for the slugs. They LUve lettuce. hehe

If you can find a way to deal with the slugs, lettuce is very much worth growing. Aside from the fact that it'll be so much better than store bought, for the cost of one head of lettuce, you can buy a pack of 500+ seeds. It's easy to grow, takes little space, and grows very quickly.

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I grew some of the most beautiful bug free pesticide free high dollar butter head lettuce one year and I couldn't give it away.
It seems as all anyone here wanted or was familiar with was iceberg head lettuce.

What a darn shame.

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Old December 12, 2015   #27
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I grew some of the most beautiful bug free pesticide free high dollar butter head lettuce one year and I couldn't give it away.
It seems as all anyone here wanted or was familiar with was iceberg head lettuce.

What a darn shame.

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Even iceberg -type head lettuce is easy to grow, just needs a head start in flats or cells. I can grow it up here, it grows fast into beautiful greener and a bit looser than grocery store iceberg heads and tastes about 100 x better. (The difference between a grocery store tomato and a home grown one better).
really, really good in my garden.
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Old December 12, 2015   #28
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I've never really tried to grow lettuce before now. I got a greenhouse in August and I'm just getting used to being able to grow year-round... maybe. That is still to be determined. January is our coldest month and that's still to come! So far, so good.

Right now, I've got lots of different lettuces out there to see what I like best. I got some from Johnnys and Fedco plus the racks at Wally world. My two favorites right now are Yugoslavian Red Butterhead and osgarde. I also have tango, lolla rosa, freckles romaine, green oak leaf, vivian romaine, silvia romaine, outredgeous, red sails, green and red salad bowl, winter marvel, rouge d'hiver and black seeded simpson.

I've got to say... this is fun! When you actually grow things under the right conditions, they do really well! Who knew? I'll be looking to find some that will do well in the heat of summer. I guess I should try Nevada since that's where I am!
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Even iceberg -type head lettuce is easy to grow, just needs a head start in flats or cells. I can grow it up here, it grows fast into beautiful greener and a bit looser than grocery store iceberg heads and tastes about 100 x better. (The difference between a grocery store tomato and a home grown one better).
really, really good in my garden.
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That was also my experience with growing iceberg.
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I have had all kinds of home grown lettuce including iceberg.
The sad fact of the matter is it always seems some type of vegetable or animal becomes more popular over another.
I dont know why this is but the losers end up being more expensive and people on a tight budget never get a chance to taste these other things.
A goose at my store is close to $100.
Butter head is maybe 4 times higher than iceberg.

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