Whether you start by sowing seeds or planting seedlings, now’s the time to get those delicate, tasty spring greens growing.  Most varieties of both lettuce and spinach grow best in cool spring weather.  The ideal temperature for starting lettuce and spinach is between 45 and 65 degrees.  And, fortunately for us, here in the fickle Midwest, they’ll tolerate a light frost.  They are super easy to grow, and packed full of healthy nutrients.

Both seeds and seedlings can be planted in successive plantings, about 2-3 weeks apart, starting in early spring when the ground is workable.  They will easily grow in a wide range of soil types, but for best results you’ll want to create a loose, fertile loam, amended with plenty of organic matter. Seeds should be sown in shallow rows, and covered lightly with soil. Plants can be spaced 6-8 inches apart.  Leave about 16-18 inches between the rows and be sure to add mulch to suppress weeds and keep the soil temperatures even.

America’s Best has a great selection of both seeds and plants, including: Arugula, Ruby Red, and Buttercrunch, as well as a Gourmet & Mesclin lettuce mixes.  Be sure to plant plenty so you can make the following recipe often.