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Salad for all seasons

by Diane - September 11th, 2012.
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salad for all seasonsSalad Leaves for All Seasons: Organic Growing from Pot to Plot

Small is beautiful, less is more; a salad a day but not the supermarket way. This compendium of practical methods for growing a wide variety of salads throughout the year, will inspire you to grow your own, whether on a windowsill, in your garden or on the allotment. Here is all the information you need for productive, healthy and tasty salads. Learn the subtleties of salad seasons and virtues of different leaves throughout the year. And when your table is groaning with the abundance of your harvests, there are delicious and imaginative recipes from Susie, Charles wife, exploiting the fantastic flavours, colour and vitality of home-grown salad leaves

From the Back Cover
With Salad Leaves for All Seasons you can bring abundant harvest of delicious and attractive leaves to your table all year round, whatever the size of your growing space. Here is all the information you need for growing healthy plants, including:
– Details of a wide variety of salad leaves.
– Growing outdoors in winter.
– Growing micro leaves.
– Dealing with pests.
No more sprayed lettuce and supermarket imports – reap the benefits of healthy, nutritious meals from your own patio or garden. Discover the secrets of the seasons, and how to work with the weather to create a productive and healthy crop. Learn to grow salad in whatever space you have available – from a window box to an allotment.
And when your table is groaning with the fruits of your labour, delicious recipes from Susie, Charles’ wife, will help you exploit the fantastic flavours, colour and vitality of your home-grown leaves.

The price of a bag of salad leaves makes this a great option for saving money and eating better through the winter.
I’m growing claytonia, lettuce (artic king and all year round) and other leaves that can be eaten through the winter.
I’ll be growing some on my allotment but also some in my greenhouse which is closer to my kitchen! I’ve also got a cold frame where I’m starting things off.

Don’t forget you can add other things to salads too – the traditional winter veggies like cabbages, kale and leeks. Shred thinly and add, or stir fry for a warm salad! You can also sow pots of peas for pea shoots – something the trendy restaurants use a lot. You can also sow now leeks, onions, spring onions, varieties of lettuces, swiss chard, claytonia, chinese cabbages (Pak choi, mizuna etc), carrots,Corn Salad Vit, lettuce, rocket, spinach, american cress, and turnips.
If you sow some things in pots outside now you can always bring them in to a cold frame, greenhouse or even windowsill over the worst of the winter.
You can of course grow normal cress all year round on wet kitchen roll on the windowsill, or sprout seeds indoors too.

Harvesting leeks hint – slice them off just below the soil. They’ll regrow. I’ve not tried this – I’ve always pulled them out – but I will be trying this over winter to see what regrowth I get!