Salad Days: Salad Rescue In Progress
|A selection of photos taken when my plants arrived :)|
I sorted out the holiday watering for all of my plants except the seeds I'd sown in modules for winter salads. All that warm weather whilst we were away sent them to their doom.
I turned to my Cheat's Salad Guide, where Anna had recommended Delfland nurseries, a company which she'd found to be very good for vegetable plant supplies. Unlike most plant suppliers you can mix and match varieties to suit your needs as well as opting for their designated selection.
Looking at their website last Friday, I couldn't find which salad leaves were on offer for September, and so left a customer enquiry. They cleverly looked a bit further into my email address, spotted Veg Plotting and kindly offered some samples for me to try.*
A lovely well-packed box of 60 healthy organic plants arrived on Wednesday - 10 plants each of lamb's lettuce, land cress, 2 x lettuces (Winter Density and Arctic King), rocket and winter purslane. They're strong plug plants and I particularly liked that the padding used to protect the plants in the box is compostable.
Here's some of them planted out for the winter in the coldframe at the side of the house. I've lined the glass with recycled polystyrene sheets for extra warmth. The plants are closer together than the usual recommended spacing, but I've found this doesn't matter when using Charles Dowding's picking technique..
I hope to get a light picking from these before the light fades and the temperatures really drop next month. Then they'll snuggle down for winter before we start eating from these plants in earnest next spring.
I didn't quite have enough room for everything in my coldframes, so I planted the lamb's lettuce outside. It proved it can survive an exceptionally cold winter earlier this year, so I'm sure these plants won't mind. I also have a rather nice fleece 'cloche' which fits over this planter on standby just in case.
* = Anna really deserves these for her recommendation, not me.
In other salady news...
The seed tape salads I sowed up at the allotment last month are doing well. The other seeds have confirmed what I suspected at the time; uneven sowing = dreadfully uneven rows ;)
Have you heard about the Tomtato (TM) launched this week? It's a tomato plant grafted onto a potato plant (an old technique I mentioned in passing in my 2009 post about grafted tomatoes), which is being sold at £14.99 (!) a pop. If the potato is matched properly to the tomatoes' cropping time, it must be a maincrop. I hope they've chosen blight resistant varieties at that price...
Update: Interesting post by the Sarvari Trust on their prior experience with grafting tomatoes and potatoes. I also believe it was a technique tried during WWII in an attempt to increase wartime crop production. I've yet to find actual evidence to support my vague memory of reading that somewhere...
How's your salad faring this month? As usual Mr Linky is standing by to receive the URLs of your salad related posts :)