Miner’s let­tuce

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Jane’s Garden Diary -

Clay­to­nia per­fo­li­ata) is a su­perb green for the win­ter months. Young leaves are heart-shaped, but as they ma­ture they be­come more rounded and en­velop the flower stem so that the flower looks like it grows straight out from the mid­dle of the leaf. Leaves are typ­i­cally no more than 20mm wide, but are pro­duced in abun­dance through­out the cooler months. They’re packed with vi­ta­min C, chloro­phyll and omega-3 fatty acids, and taste like a sweeter ver­sion of spinach. The flow­ers are ed­i­ble too. Plants are usu­ally found in the herb sec­tion at gar­den cen­tres, or you can sow seeds di­rectly in the soil. As the seed is tiny, sprin­kle onto the soil sur­face and firm down gen­tly, but don’t cover.

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