Salad grow­ers are strug­gling

Country Smallholding - - Resilient Growing -

As well as the on­go­ing ef­fort to keep our pro­duce healthy and pro­duc­tive, the soar­ing tem­per­a­tures have had an im­pact fur­ther afield. The Bri­tish Leafy Salad Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion has re­ported that the weather had cre­ated ad­verse con­di­tions for grow­ing some of their crops. So while the warm weather re­sulted in an in­creased de­mand for salad eat­ing, with sales up around 40%, pro­duc­ers be­hind the scenes have been strug­gling as their crops had stopped grow­ing.

Di­eter Lloyd, a spokesper­son for the Bri­tish Leafy Salad Grow­ers, said: “When the mer­cury hits 27-30°C let­tuces can­not grow. In all our ma­jor grow­ing ar­eas, from Cu­par in Fife, through Pre­ston in Lan­cashire, to Ely in East Anglia and Chich­ester in Sus­sex, the hot weather has af­fected all our grow­ers and we may be see­ing some gaps on re­tail­ers’ shelves in the next weeks as the heat­wave con­tin­ues.”

Mean­while, salad leaves are one of the best — and eas­i­est — crops to grow for your­self at home, and in ex­cep­tion­ally hot weather the pick and come again leaves tend to fare bet­ter. Growth will, of course, slow down for ev­ery­one, but if you have a wide se­lec­tion at your dis­posal you are much less likely to be af­fected. More rea­son than ever to get plant­ing at home.

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