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Another lettuce fan here - but Cos lettuce and Little Gems are my favourites - gorgeous for mopping up a bearnaise or sharp green peppercorn sauce with my steak, fabulous to scoop up home-made mayonnaise, and wonderful braised with peas and spring onions (ok, not really a salad).
Another salad favourite is Mâche or Lamb's lettuce - soft, sweet and tender - again just wonderful with a steak .
And I mustn't forget red chicory - just fabulous - I've never grown it but we buy some most weeks when it's in season - I often mix some with Baby Gem leaves to have with salmon and hollandaise sauce or a sharp vinaigrette
We love salads and I always grow a wee tapestry of green Cos and red oak leaf lettuce in spring and summer. Looks good and tastes good as well as bringing different textures. I also grow radicchio but this year I'm branching out and growing various salad mixes.
I use rocket on its own occasionally but more often as a highlight. Beetroot leaves are good and pea shoots too. Baby spinach leaves are a daily staple in OH's packed lunch as it' s good for his eyesight and is ogten a base for family salads but I like to add watercress and fresh herbs for variety along with proper lettuce.
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Hydroponic Wizard wrote (see)
Adam, Thanks for the input on the different types of lettece varitys that are avalible. I like to learn from other people instead of trial and error. I'm going to get some of these types of lettece and I will let you know how it grows. I'm growing in pots like you are but I use fabric pots along with a hydroponic water system. I found the system on www.oxygenpotsystems.com So far this year with my new system I have had a much easier growing experience. This fabric pot system is making planting easy because it picks the plants off the ground and I hope it makes harvesting easier like harvesting potatos and carrots. O yea this system allows you to grow in whatever type of medium you want to use. What medium do you recomend for lettece. I can use soil, coco, perlite, or hydrotone. Happy Growing, Chase the Hydroponic Wizard