Super Salad !Grow your own salad leaves
How to grow your Super Salad Leaves
In this section we suggest some of the most popular salad leaves and provide straightforward help about how you – or your children – can grow fresh, tasty and chemical-free salad.
Grow in Pots, growbags, grow-tables or directly into the ground
Why bother? Fun to grow, providing your family with fresh & healthy food!
Salad leaves are incredibly easy and fairly quick to grow into a crisp fresh salad for you to enjoy.
And of course, growing your own food is the ultimate win-win-win!!! You’re reducing the pollution caused by importing salad, you’re producing foodthat is fresh, tasty and free from chemicals for your family, it’s great fun and even more importantly, it’s incredibly economical; on average, you should get 6 lettuce for 1p of seed!!
Choose your variety
There are endless choices when you come to choose lettuces, and it pays to browse the seed stands to get the type of lettuce you want.
Consider colour, whether you want a ‘cut and come again’ variety and the crispness of the leaf.
Choose a mild or spicy mix, oriental, elegant or frilly mix, or just buy a 6-pack collection! Mixes may include Mizuna, Mustard, Cress, Rocket, Mibuna, Tatsoi, Spinach and Coriander depending on the mix you choose. Many of the seed mixes are baby leaves (somewhere between a microgreen and a standard size veg) and will be ready from 21 days.
What else do I need?
We’d always recommend that you use a good quality compost, particularly if you’re growing your salad in a pot, raised bed or other container. There are good bespoke vegetable composts available, but if you don’t think you’ll use a whole bag of vegetable compost, choose a good-quality multi-purpose compost that you can keep and use for other things.
When are they ready to eat?
With many varieties you can begin to crop some outer leaves from about 4 weeks from sowing. Once you’ve taken the leaves a few times, you can thin out the plants to give them extra space, and with a little more growing time they will produce full-heart lettuces.
Consider sowing a few seeds at a time at regular intervals so that you have a continuous supply of fresh and tasty salad to cut and enjoy.
Salad lettuce won’t tolerate frosty conditions because ice crystals will form within the plant cells and rupture them. However, it’s relatively simple to provide frost protection with fleece or if your salad is being grown in pots, they can be moved to shelter as required.
Buy your veg here
If you can’t manage in to visit us at Merryhatton, we’re very happy to post out your seeds to you. Click below to begin shopping.