Everyone needs fresh green salad leaves and one way that you can have a year round supply is to grow baby salad greens on your windowsill. They are quick growing, some in as little as a week and easy to grow. And some can be treated as cut-and-come-again which means less replanting. Full instructions on how to grow these baby leaves are contained in an article by Tanya which I found on her Lovely Greens blog.
No matter how large or small of a growing space you might have, baby salad leaves grown in the home or just outside are ideal for fresh green salads. I have two plots at my allotment now and plenty of room to grow greens but I find it so much easier to gather them from outside the kitchen door. Having a few containers of lettuce nearby makes it so much more convenient to maintain a healthy diet plus the time from ?garden? to plate ensures that you?re getting the freshest and most nutritious vegetables possible.
I love having a few containers of greens on hand and it was with delight that I received a surprise delivery from Suttons Seeds last month with a new product they?re now retailing ? the ?Stacks of Flavour? personalised Salad Garden box and four packets of seeds. I occasionally review products for Suttons and I was delighted to receive this gift. It nudged me to get started sowing the first of my salad greens and I had a little giggle at the ?Tanya?s Salad? printed on the side of the planter box. Actually, I think it would make a wonderful gift for gardening friends and family.
Salad leaves can be grown indoors all the year round but I tend to grow mine mainly between March and September because I prefer to grow outdoors. The time from sowing to reaping takes three to six weeks, more or less, and is dependent on the time of year. The warmer it is, the quicker the seeds and plants will germinate and grow to maturity, providing they have enough protection from sun, wind, cold, and just enough moisture to keep them happy.
There are two main types young salad leaves:
Cut-and-Come-Again ? Usually clearly labelled as such, this term means that the greens (usually mixed lettuces) can be trimmed to about 1? (2.5cm) above the soil and left to grow again for up to four crops. There are also some herbs, such as Arugula (Rocket) and Cilantro (Coriander), that will come in Cut-and-Come-Again varieties.
Baby Leaf Salad Mixes ? these are often made up of a mix of lettuces, spinach, beet greens, chard, and Asian greens that may have to be resown again after the first or second harvest. You pick them when they?re ?Baby? sized so that the plants don?t suffer from overcrowding. Sometimes the instructions on the back of the packet will instruct you to take the ?thinnings? as baby leaf and allow the other plants to grow on to maturity. Not all crops/varieties will recover well after being harvested the first time so always make sure to read the seed?s instructions.
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