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Salad and Leafy Vegetables: Lettuce, Spinach and Arugula

With dozens of leafy, salad vegetable varieties to choose from, the right selection means the difference between success and disappointment. Use this guide to determine what lettuce, spinach and arugula will suit you best.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Freckles Lettuce is Heirloom Romaine
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Lettuce <em>&lsquo;Freckles&rsquo;</em>

This semi-cos variety forms an open head with green leaves that are spectacularly splattered with red. A good choice for flower borders, where it matures quickly. Plants are slow to bolt, even in warm weather.

Sow: Early spring to late summer
Harvest: Late spring to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun, partial or dappled shade

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