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Eat what you grow... fresh winter salad

Salad days: Thompson and Morgans Speedy Salad mix in the conservatory, including rucola, garden cress, Japanese greens and Oriental mustard.

Salad days: Thompson and Morgans Speedy Salad mix in the conservatory, including rucola, garden cress, Japanese greens and Oriental mustard.

IF you sowed so-called “speedy salad” to crop during the winter under glass when your tomatoes were finished, you can be excused for being impatient.

It’s not the low temperatures that seem to hamper their development, but lack of light.

We’ve had hardly any really cold weather (apart from the beginning of December), but lots of dark, damp days.

It’s only in the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed much of a difference in the growbags full of salad.

You don’t notice it, but since the shortest day (December 21, we gain two minutes of daylight – that’s nearly an extra half an hour already).

The rocket’s doing best, along with the other green leafy crops, but the purple leaved varieties are much slower.

They have less chrorophyll so need greater light intensity to thrive.

Anyway, they’ve reached the thinning stage and what could be better (even if it just amounts to a garnish for one) of fresh, green goodness after stuffing our faces with the excesses of Christmas?

If you’re still eating the fattening stuff, fresh rocket on a plain margherita pizza really makes the world of difference.

 

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