SOW CORN SALAD OR LAMB’S LET­TUCE

The Bay Chronicle - - SITUATIONS VACANT -

I’m forever on the look­out for new-to-me salad greens so was ex­cited to give corn salad – aka lamb’s let­tuce or Va­le­ri­anella lo­custa a try in my small raised bed. It has grown well, de­spite be­ing very over­crowded af­ter I was a lit­tle heavy-handed and ac­ci­den­tally dumped the whole pack of seed up­side-down in the soil!

This veg­etable has ab­so­lutely noth­ing to do with sweet­corn, nei­ther is it re­lated to let­tuce so the names are quite mis­lead­ing. But what­ever it’s called, this hardy lit­tle an­nual laughs in the face of winter tem­per­a­tures.

It has a de­light­fully nutty taste and soft leaves rem­i­nis­cent of bok choy. It’s handy to have some­thing like this com­ing on in the gar­den for when it’s still a bit too cold for let­tuce. Corn salad is packed full of nu­tri­ents too and also con­tains loads of vi­ta­mins A, C and B6 as which makes it

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