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Growing on the High Plains: Lettuce—Part Two

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Time to turn over a new leaf as we chop into the second half of our two-part series on lettuce.

Last week, we discussed "leaf" lettuce, but when it comes to these greens, "leaf" varieties are only the tip of the "iceberg." Today, expect our study to come to a "head" as we talk about my favorite kind to have on hand: butterhead lettuce. From Boston to Bibby, these tender leaves are loose and sweet, making them ideal for salads, sandwiches, and snacking. And while I rarely grow butter lettuce, it's a staple in my fridge, thanks to "living lettuce" packaging options that keep heads fresher longer. But no matter if it's in a clear clamshell or in a bag, be sure to properly wash everything!

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.