|The start of my new salad area - more to come in a later post|
A few tomatoes are also making their way onto our plates, but the daily blightwatch emails mean I fear for their future.
Whilst summer production is in full swing, as ever I need to keep an eye on the future. It's time to think about salads suitable for late autumn and into winter.
Up at the allotment I've sown bulb fennel and late carrots. NAH and I love the aniseed taste of fennel: early on we'll add some feathery fronds and the thinnings to our plates, then switch to bulbs for the autumn. Here in the south west we can normally enjoy them well into November.
Seed packets extracted from my seed tin ready for sowing include:
- Beetroot 'Bull's Blood' - just for their colourful leaves
- Winter lettuce - I'm trying 'Valdor' for the first time this year
- Lamb's lettuce - for a mild, bulk leaf for our winter plates
- Endive - to add a sharper taste
- Mizuna - another good, productive leaf
- Pak choi - new for me this year
- Land cress - a reliable winter producer and a great peppery taste
- Various mustards - 'Green Frills' and 'Giant Red' for some fiery heat
- Winter purslane - this was doing really well when I visited Charles Dowding earlier this year
- Chervil - I went to Wisley on Wednesday and picked up a packet to try. It's interesting reading the backs of the packets from the various seed companies - some say it can be harvested year round, others just a few months. It'll be interesting to see how I fare.
NB I'm compiling a 'Top bloggers and tweeters recommend' list of favourite lettuce varieties for a future 52 Week Salad Challenge blog post. I'd love to hear what your favourites are and why - just leave me a comment and I'll add your faves to the list :)