Common Name: Lettuce
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Sandy
Time to plant seeds: March to September
There is a bewildering diversity of lettuce types, with more appearing all the time. Butterheads are soft loose-hearted varieties, crispheads or icebergs are large dense and crunchy, cos types have upright crisp leaves, and loose-leaf do not make hearts but are gathered as dense leafy heads or individual leaves are picked over a long period. 'Avondefiance' is an butterhead variety that has very good resistance to root aphids and mildew. It is a high yielding lettuce with dark green leaves and can withstand drought and high temperatures. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
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