Tennis Ball Lettuce

Tennis Ball Lettuce

This old heirloom was grown by President Thomas Jefferson and it’s no wonder that it remains popular today. Such a perfect little lettuce! Perfectly round, and perfectly succulent, and just the right amount for one or two people.

Plant directly in the ground about ½” deep and 6” apart (or plant them closer together but thin them out as the baby plants emerge). Don’t let the soil dry out. This is one plant that can tolerate some shade. Lettuces will “bolt” for the sky in hot weather (which is really fun to watch but less fun to eat, as the taste can get bitter) so it’s best to plant these in Spring and early Summer or in some shade in late Summer for an early Fall harvest, if you live in a place where Summer’s get hot.