There was such a good response to my post about how to grow round baby carrots, I thought I’d share another garden baby for small-space gardening.
I couldn’t resist the idea of growing “Garden Babies” on the patio.
Garden Babies are a fairly new butterhead lettuce first developed for a sophisticated luxury market for flavor and quality, according to the seed packet information.
After growing one container of them, I have to agree. These babies are fun to grow–and to eat. The leaves are smooth with a nice, buttery texture. I used them in salads and slipped them into sandwiches. I also ate a few right out of the container.
If you’d like to grow these miniature butterheads, follow these steps:
- Plant the seeds in early spring following the package instructions.
- After the seeds sprout and start to grow into little rosettes, transplant some to containers; make sure they have enough room to grow into small heads of lettuce.
- You can start snipping the leaves once they grow to a good size. (One of the nice characteristics is these small heads are heat tolerant and slow to bolt.)
- Plant seeds again in late summer so you’ll have another batch in fall.