This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
C. B. Fairchild, Raleigh, North Carolina, sends us a head of lettuce weighing three lbs. It was hard, crisp, and excellent eating. Mr. F., thinks it a distinct variety, and we are inclined to think he is right, though it requires several allied sorts to be grown side by side before we can decide this. The most remarkable thing about this lettuce is that its roots only weighed two ounces, and, as we note by the ends of the fibres, there could not have been many more left in the ground. But we do not put this fact forward as any argument that because of this wonderful disproportion between roots and leaves, it is an argument that the plant must be carnivorous.