I’ve never grown lettuce so… perfect looking. It’s like a Whole Foods produce manager sneaks onto my balcony every morning, mists it gently, picks off any errant flecks of dirt and whispers tender words of encouragement.
I’ll be honest: I don’t grow a lot of flawless veg. I don’t know if it’s because I don’t use chemicals on my garden – to kill pests or to enhance growth, or simply because homegrown rarely looks like the uniform, bred-for-long-haul-shipping produce we’ve come to expect in our supermarkets, but mine are always the lumpy tomatoes, the hole-punched kale leaves.
So Garden Babies Butterhead brings out in me a kind of smug pride. Here is perfect lettuce. It’s a salad-lover’s fantasy, delicate and sweet. But more than that, it’s a gardener’s dream – easy to grow, pest resistant and f*#ing gorgeous.