Why You Should Grow Your Own Lettuce

It seems just like yesterday that I anxiously published the post Little Lettuce Going to Feed Me Someday. This is my first year growing Lettuce in my garden and I was so excited to start harvesting fresh, yummy salads everyday! 
Well, just a couple of weeks later we have SO MUCH LETTUCE! I hate the idea of wasting just one leaf, so I am trying to incorporate it into all of our meals. 


I decided it would be good to know what nutrients and benefits come from eating lettuce (especially since it is now my number one food intake!) I was pleasantly surprised with what I read that it makes me want even more of the leafy green goodness! 


What I Learned About Lettuce

  • Although most people think of lettuce as just “rabbit food”, it contains energy, protein, fat, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and sugars. It can be a full, nutritious meal!
  • Lettuce lowers cholesterol levels that often lead to cardiovascular disease.
  • Minerals found in lettuce include calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, zinc along with vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B-6, C, A, E, and vitamin K.
  • Lettuce can actually aid in anxiety control because it contains anxiolytic properties.
  • Lettuce contains anti-inflammatory properties to help control inflammation.
  • Lettuce supplies antioxidants, which are necessary in a healthy diet.
  • Lettuce also has anti-cancer properties. 
  • Last but not least, Lettuce is so versatile and delicious. You can eat it with pretty much anything (well, maybe not oatmeal) and it is so easy to grow, there really isn’t an excuse not to! 

Have you had your Lettuce today?


Little Lettuce Gonna Feed Me Someday


Deciding what to grow in your garden can be a stressful ordeal! If I could, I would just grow everything available and save seeds to have a never ending supply if delicious fruits and vegetables!

The problem that I have is space. We expand our gardens every year but never have enough room for everything I want to grow! 

I try to only grow things that we will eat all the time and can freeze or can for the colder months: tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, peas, beans, raspberries, strawberries, etc. 


This year I am going a little outside the box and growing lettuce! We eat at least one salad a day and go through so much lettuce, it seemed like a no brainer. You can’t freeze it or can it, but if it makes me eat more salad to keep up with it so it doesn’t get wasted, how bad can that be! It is also beautiful! I used it as a border around my pepper! It started coming up last week. I love the variety of colours and textures.