Magazine article Sunset

Your Freshest Caesar

Magazine article Sunset

Your Freshest Caesar

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Romaine lettuce tastes best when you grow your own

Determined chefs go out of their way to find the freshest, most tender heads of romaine lettuce available. Grocery shoppers, on the other hand, are often limited to big heads with tough, strong-tasting leaves.

Luckily, lettuce is one of the easiest crops to grow. Seeds germinate quickly and plants grow with little fuss. In most areas of the West, you can grow successive crops in fall and spring; in mild coastal areas, you can grow lettuce year-round. So get going and soon you'll be able to try our recipe on page 81.

SOWING. Start seeds three to four weeks before you plan to set them out into the garden. Sow in flats or sixpacks filled with moistened potting soil or seed-starting mix. Cover seeds with 1/8 inch soil. Place flats in bright, filtered light. Keep the soil moist and maintain soil temperature between 40deg and 68deg. For successive crops, sow seeds every week. Plant seedlings between developing heads.

PLANTING. …

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