There are probably thousands, or at least hundreds, of different varieties of lettuce that can be grown at home, from red-tinged leaves to Cos varieties. There's no reason why you couldn't be growing a few lettuces in the garden, or in containers or pots if space is limited.
There are four main types of lettuce, including the cut-and-come again varieties - harvest a few leaves off one plant every day and the plant will be encouraged to produce more foliage.
And, surprisingly there are a few things you can do with lettuce, apart from throwing leaves on a plate.
This guide includes a little about lettuce and healthy reasons why you should include it in your diet.
*Suggested varieties - images and descriptions of a few regular garden varieties
*Planting and general care tips - looking after your lettuces
*Harvesting - time to harvest
*A few delicious recipe ideas - simple recipes to make the most of your crops
*General gardening advice - best practices for your gardening experience.
About the Author
Linda Gray lived off the land as a stay-at-home mum on a tiny budget for many years and, among other things, learned how to connect with nature and the simpler things in life. Her experiences led her to pursue her childhood dream of writing and she has been sharing her ideas via books and blogs for more than a decade.