WINTER SAL­ADS

SEPTEM­BER IS THE LAST-CHANCE

Garden Answers (UK) - - Gourmet Grower -

sa­loon for winter sal­ads. Whether seed sow­ing or plant­ing out seedlings, the ear­lier in Septem­ber you start, the bet­ter. If grow­ing out­side you can just sneak in a sow­ing of lamb’s let­tuce as well as a mix of leaves to har­vest young in au­tumn. Try let­tuce, rocket, kale and Ori­en­tal greens in­clud­ing leaf mus­tards. Head to your lo­cal gar­den cen­tre for winter salad plug plants. You should be able to find winter let­tuce, en­dive, land cress, spinach, winter purslane and salad onions. These will make big­ger plants to stand for longer into winter; just keep an eye out for slugs and snails. Cover plants with fleece, por­ta­ble cloches or mini-tun­nels once the weather turns cooler in Oc­to­ber or Novem­ber. If you in­tend to use tun­nels, mark them out now and plant within these bound­aries. This way, when it’s time to bring the tun­nel out, you’ll know that it will fit over your plants.

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