Martha Stewart recommends home-grown lettuce as a beginner plant because of its versatility. “You can plant all kinds of lettuce, and there are hundreds of varieties,” she says in a video on her YouTube channel. While you might only see two or three different kinds at the grocery store, there are so many more interesting varieties to explore. This allows you to experiment with different types in your garden. You can also harvest it in different ways. “Lettuce is so rewarding because you can pick it as a leaf or let it go to head and get delicious, healthy greens for your salad bowl.”
It’s also very easy to grow. You can put the seeds directly into the ground, and it grows fairly quickly without much fuss or upkeep. All you need to do is keep them sufficiently watered, and they will reward you with months of bounty. She also recommends starting with a smaller plot instead of going all-in and creating a massive lettuce garden. Try growing a small row first, learning the basics of watering, weeding, and harvesting. Once you get comfortable, you can level up and make a larger plot.