Lettuce is a fairly hardy, cool-weather vegetable that's loved for its variety of textures, flavors, and colors. Versatile and fast growing, lettuce can be harvested at most any stage, is delicious raw or cooked, and in warmer climates can be grown year-round. With 5 distinct types of lettuce, you're sure to find a few for you: leaf (the most widely planted salad vegetable), Cos or romaine (excellent for salads and sandwiches), crisphead (iceberg), butterhead (tender, with a sweet flavor) and stem (mainly stewed, creamed, and in Chinese dishes).
Pro-tip for growing lettuce: When starting lettuce from seed, do not cover the seeds, as light aids germination. Instead, place them on the surface of your soil-starting medium.
Winter: October - November