Salad growers are struggling
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.