The oriental salad mix is growing well and providing a continuous crop of winter salad.
The oriental salad seeds were sown directly into the soil in the greenhouse in September.
The leaves are big enough to be harvested with scissors after about 8-10 weeks. After cutting, more leaves grow, providing a constant supply of winter salad leaves.
The mix includes leaf Mustards, Golden Streaked and Red, Komatsuna, Mizuna and Sky Rocket. The different shapes, colours and textures of the leaves makes an interesting salad. Some of the leaves have a peppery taste adding a sharp tang.
Click this link to buy a packet of oriental salad mix. It is surprising how much winter salad this oriental mix has produced and it is still growing well in mid December.
Squash are classified as Summer or Winter Squash, depending on how long the fruit will store.
It is useful to be able to grow both summer and winter squash to add variety in the kitchen.
There is still time to sow some seeds now for winter salad leaves.
niche salad leaves
Sow the seeds in a sheltered part of the garden, or in a container:
- away from cold winds
- in dry soil that drains well
- in shallow rows
Sow a few seeds of winter salad every few days until mid-November, to give a continuous supply.
Click this link to see which salad leaves are good to grow for winter.
This book shows how to grow vegetables in a small space
The winter cabbage plants, an F1 hybrid Celtic, have been taken out of the brassica plant-bed
where they were sown, and planted out into the main brassica bed.
It is slightly on the late side and the plants are a bit big, so they
will have to be watered well and given extra tlc. The winter cabbage
were planted in rows 45cm apart, & 40 cm apart within the row. The
winter cabbage have been given more space than the summer cabbage so
they can produce bigger heads.
The whole of the brassica bed is covered with a micromesh to keep the
cabbage white butterfly and aphids off. Some people place empty
eggshells on sticks, to frighten the cabbage white butterflies away. A
net is a big investment, but it does ensure 100% return on effort, by
keeping the pests out.
The net also keeps the pigeons off, which can reap havoc on young plants
in a few hours.