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Most salad greens grown in the Midwest are leafy annuals that like cool weather. Many growers offer salad greens or leafy greens early in the growing season and again in the fall. This publication describes how to grow four types of lettuce (crisphead, butterhead, romaine, and leaf), spinach, Swiss chard, and Asian greens. Topics covered include planting and care; soils and nutrient management; irrigation; handling; weed, pest, and disease management; and more. This publication is part of a series of easy-to-read guides to growing vegetable crops in the Midwest (24 pages; 2011).
The Plain Language Guides to Growing Fresh Market Vegetable Crops is a series on how to grow vegetables for sale at farmers' markets. They are in the Plain Language format, which is a federally promoted effort to make written information easy to read, understand, and use. The series is specifically geared for beginning farmers. The series is a collaboration of the UW Environmental Resources Center and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
Want to learn more?
When the Uprooted Put Down Roots (New York Times article about refugee populations growing vegetables for farmers' markets)
Linda and Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice & Sustainability
poster about the Plain Language Guides