• Lettuce ButterheadSalads don’t have to end with spring! A crisp, colorful salad may be the perfect dish on a hot summer’s day, and some varieties of greens excel despite the heat. Sowing heat-tolerant greens keeps your fridge crisper full of healthful, delicious, and diverse greens to help quench the heat.

     

    While lettuce is known for bolting in the heat leading to bitter salads, this doesn’t have to be the case. Try any of these heat-tolerant varieties for diversity in texture, flavor, and color!

     

    Marvel of Four Season
    Black Seeded Simpson
    Oak Leaf Blend
    Salad Bowl Blend
    Red Sails
    Freckles
    Parris Island Cos
    Rouge d’ Hiver

     

    Tip: Lettuce needs light to germinate and will not sprout in temperatures over 80°F, so keep succession sowing by starting seeds indoors and transplanting them out during the heat of summer or sowing them in a cool, shady location. 

     

    Mustards “cut the mustard” when it comes to summer heat. Low in calories, big on flavor and nutrients like vitamins A, C, E, K, foliate, manganese, calcium… you get the idea! As excellent raw as they are cooked! Mustards’ unique flavor intensifies as the temperature rises. Try Mizuna, Red Giant, Southern Giant Curled, and Tendergreen Mustard Spinach.

     

    Spinach, not just for spring and fall anymore! Lavewa is a heat-tolerant spinach variety that keeps savory spinach on your plate all summer long. Spinach is also easy to freeze for winter meals, so go ahead, sow a little extra. 

     

    Golden Purslane is succulent and tangy with a lemon flavor (especially when harvested in the morning). Rich in omega fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin C, we aren’t taking about your average garden-variety weed here. Golden Purslane boasts a tall, easy-to-harvest habit, and has been cultivated for many centuries. Lime green leaves make it a beautiful component to mixed containers, too.

      Lettuce Romaine Purslane Spinach Lavewa