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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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Tom Thumb Butterhead Lettuce is English Heirloom
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Lettuce <em>&lsquo;Tom Thumb&rsquo;</em>

A gardeners’ favorite, this compact, green, butterhead lettuce rapidly forms dense, sweet-tasting hearts. Ideal for small gardens because it can be planted at high densities and is ready for harvest quickly.

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

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