Sum­mer sal­ads sorted

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You will need

4 cor­don cherry tomato plants ‘Sun­gold’, ‘Rosella’, ‘Gar­dener’s De­light’, ‘Ildi’

12 let­tuce plug plants

‘Salad Bowl’, ‘Red Salad Bowl’ and ‘Green Oak­leaf’

4 bam­boo canes Multi-pur­pose peat-free com­post Large re­claimed metal tub

ap­prox 80cm wide x 60cm deep x 30cm high, with drainage holes drilled in the base

Liq­uid tomato feed

Grow it

Cor­don toma­toes are tall but take up lit­tle space at soil level, so why not plant let­tuces at their feet? Both like a moist, rich com­post, and the let­tuces en­joy the light shade cast by the toma­toes. Stand the large tub in your sun­ni­est, most shel­tered spot. Plant the toma­toes 20cm apart, with a cane for sup­port, then fill in around them with the let­tuce plugs, 10cm apart. Wa­ter reg­u­larly. Once the flow­ers ap­pear, start feed­ing fort­nightly with a liq­uid tomato fer­tiliser.

Your har­vest

Pick the toma­toes as they ripen in sum­mer. With the let­tuces, pick a few outer leaves from each plant ev­ery few weeks.

Wa­ter reg­u­larly and gen­er­ously, es­pe­cially when toma­toes start to fruit

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