I love heat, but it can present some challenges in the garden. Usually I recommend planting things that can handle whatever growing conditions you're dealt, but there are a few exceptions and I make one for lettuce. I like variety in lettuce and so I try to grow it all season. What other vegetable is always eaten raw? You might as well make it as fresh as possible, right?
If you've always heard that lettuce is only a cool weather crop, you might want to give summer lettuce another try. Lettuce grows a lot faster in summer and the combination of sun, heat and a lack of water can be a challenge for it, but it is great for spots in your garden that are shaded by taller plants, like tomatoes and beans, or for containers. Choose a more heat tolerant variety, like 'Oak Leaf', 'Black-Seeded Simpson' and '4 Seasons'. Here are my tricks for coaxing lettuce into sticking around for the summer.
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