Greens can make a gourmet mix
LETTUCE is always fantastic to have on hand during summer, to create a healthy salad and add to a sandwich or wrap. Home-grown lettuce is not only convenient but also you can pick it at its most tender and sweet and forget buying bagged salad that quickly goes slimy in the fridge.
Yates Mesclun French Salad Mixed is a gourmet selection of colourful greens like loose leaf lettuce, endive, corn salad, peppery rocket and chicory.
Seed can be sown direct where plants are to grow in a sunny spot or raised in trays of seed raising mix and the seedlings transplanted when 3-4cm high.
To encourage lots of rapid green growth, once the seedlings are established feed each week with a vegie and herb liquid plant food. It’s rich in nitrogen to encourage lots of delicious leaves.
Crisp and crunchy beans eaten straight from the garden are delicious and they make a great addition to stir fries and salads. Dwarf (or bush) beans are easy to grow at home, don’t require a trellis and are ideal for beginner gardeners.
Beans for the tropics and sub tropics – In warm zones, try growing snake beans during January. Snake beans have long thin pods (they’re sometimes called the “yard long” bean), which are best harvested when the pods are young and sweet.
Grow lettuce in summer for a fresh addition to salads.