Salad Crops

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Salad Crops
« on: March 15, 2011, 19:58 »
What's your favourite fast growing salad crop and have you got any unusual ones that you could recommend for either indoor or outdoor growing? Just looking for something different to try.

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Re: Salad Crops
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2011, 20:29 »
Mooli Radish - I love the way they grow half out of the ground, half in the ground :)

Too early to sow yet though ...

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Re: Salad Crops
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2011, 20:35 »
you cant beat a bit of rocket for me :)
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Re: Salad Crops
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2011, 22:39 »
I scattered a mix of last year's left over seed (various coloured lettuce, mizuna, rocket and spinach) in 3 big pots outside about 3 weeks ago and they've sprouted and going strong!
They'll do for baby leaf and I've still got mizuna, sorrel, spinach, lamb's lettuce, red and green mustard and 4 different winter lettuces on the go in the beds. These will start to run to flower soon so need to eat and plant more! Also got some radishes coming on nicely which I'm just hardening off.
Had trouble with mouli last year but might use up the seed and try again....
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Re: Salad Crops
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2011, 22:45 »
I love the red-leaved lettuces like lollo rossa. I just scatter thinly and harvest on a cut and come again basis. You can start them off under glass from any time now.

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Re: Salad Crops
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2011, 22:59 »
Rocket is great and look at the price of it in Tescos
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Re: Salad Crops
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2011, 07:36 »
Lettuce "Salad Bowl". Cut and come again. Lasts for months.

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Re: Salad Crops
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2011, 08:00 »
I love the red-leaved lettuces like lollo rossa. I just scatter thinly and harvest on a cut and come again basis. You can start them off under glass from any time now.

Ive just bought some Lollo rossa seeds, cant wait to grow them :D :D
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Re: Salad Crops
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2011, 09:02 »
last year I had a half packet of rocket and an empty space so chucket it in around mid October not expecting much. It came up and I was eating it into the new year - as Noshed says - look at the price in the shops!

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Re: Salad Crops
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2011, 09:48 »
I have corn salad and rocket still to eat in the cold greenhouse.......I just sow some when the toms come out, as well as winter lettuces and leafy endive which have all gone now.
I noticed yesterday that the silverstem chard has started to shoot already, so that will be salad for a while ;)  But that's not quick growing which is what the question was ::)

I love Seeds of Italy mix of 8 lettuce and 6 radicchio, great for cut and come again, which you can sow from march in the open and during winter in the greenhouse .....somebody else on here recommended it to me, but I can't remember who :blush:
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Re: Salad Crops
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2011, 10:03 »
I love the red-leaved lettuces like lollo rossa. I just scatter thinly and harvest on a cut and come again basis. You can start them off under glass from any time now.

That's the one I like, too.  I have some just coming through in the greenhouse.  I'll grow them on a bit and then plant them out.  For faster results, I keep a few in the greenhouse.

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Re: Salad Crops
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2011, 10:19 »
For something quick to add to salads, there's nothing like sprouting seeds and you can grow such a wide range of things now not just mung bean sprouts, alfalfa, mustard or cress although they are always welcome too  :D   

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Re: Salad Crops
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2011, 12:48 »
I have the Italian seed mix going all the time  :)  I've got oriental leaves too which can be eaten small in your salad, or left to grow on for stir fry

I love rocket (the flowers too are very peppery)  I like the perennial sorrel which imparts a real lemony tang to your salad (it can be used to make sauce too)  I  love Little Gem lettuces with their crunchy little boat shaped leaves which are perfect vessels for holding mayo etc  :D

An unusual, but very easy to grow leaf, is Treviso!  It's very hardy and so beautiful on the plot. It can be chargrilled too. I think it might technically be a chicory, not sure though  :)

Don't forget that the humble beetroot has lovely edible leaves which can be used when small in your salad bowl

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Re: Salad Crops
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2011, 17:05 »
Now I'm getting hungry!  Not just for salad leaves, but for all that they promise - sun, 8) heat, blue sky, fresh air and contentment...  :Dwill have to pretend and sow indoors as it's so foggy and cold here in the Midlands :wacko:

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Re: Salad Crops
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2011, 20:52 »
Thanks for all you replies :)

I will have to try Mooli Radish and Treviso the latter of which I have never come across. As I am a bit of a salad freak I like to grow all sorts of salad crops from Spring through Autumn. Early season I grow crops in metre long gutter trays in a cold greenhouse moving on to deeper outdoor troughs when it gets warmer (gutter trays dry out too quickly then). Some of my favourites are spinach, rocket, oriental mixes, pak choi, various lettuce, mustards, chards, beetroot etc. As BabbyAnn recommended sprouting seeds and beans are also a worthwhile growing. I find winter months a bit tricky and the seeds of Italy mix of 8 lettuce and 6 radicchio sounds like worth trying out. Iím always on the lookout for some new salad crop to try if anyone as any other recommendations especially winter cropping ones.
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