Some of My Favorite Garden Green Varieties

Growing greens in the garden is a fantastic way to cut down on food miles and plastic packaging. It is also a fantastic way to add great flavor to meals or salads. Fresh garden greens taste nothing like what you find in the grocery store, they just plain taste better. I attribute this to being able to harvest right before use rather than getting a product that was harvested days or perhaps a week or more before for packaging and transport to the store. Growing garden greens is also one of the easier food crops to grow as a beginner gardener. When people tell me they want to grow a garden but don’t know where to start, I always suggest starting with herbs and leaves. You can have multiple harvests depending on how your harvesting method. (Cut and come again or cutting the whole head.) This depends on which garden green you are harvesting, things like chard are very much a cut and come again food crop, while heading lettuces, depending on variety can be either cut and come again or you can harvest the whole head at once. Either way you harvest your garden greens, they will be more fresh than store bought and taste much better! Below I am sharing a few varieties of my favorite garden greens. I have covered most of these in my Garden Green blog series, you can find those posts here. You can purchase seeds for everything listed below at Botanical Interests. (Not an affiliate, just a long time customer.)


  • Buttercrunch or Butterhead Lettuce
  • Little Gem Mini-Romaine
  • Marvel of Four Seasons Butterhead
  • Red Sails Leaf Lettuce
  • Salad Bowl Blend Leaf Lettuce 


  • Celebration Swiss Chard
  • Five Color Silverbeet Swiss Chard
  • Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard
  • Ruby Red/Rhubarb Swiss Chard


  • Bloomsdale Spinach
  • Baby Greens Spinach
  • Matador Spinach


  • Dazzling Blue Kale
  • Dwarf Blue Kale
  • Lacinato Dinosaur Kale
  • Red Russian Kale

Bok Choy:

  • Baby Choi Bok Choy
  • Rosette Tatsoi Bok Choy
  • Toy Choy Bok Choy


  • Arugula/Rocket
  • Baby Greens Arugula 

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