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- 04-11-2015, 07:31 AM #1
Salad leaves in unheated greenhouse
Can I sow them now ?
Recommended variety ?
Any advise appreciated.
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- 04-11-2015, 08:10 AM #2Mature Fruiter
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I always grow Seeds of Italy Misticanza Quatro Stagioni ( Four seasons mild lettuce and bitter leaves mix) It's like the mixed leaves salad you buy in bags.
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It does germinate, and grow, through the winter but the speed of it will depend on the winter weather. Obviously it won't germinate if temperature is near freezing.
Some of mine is sown in blue mushroom boxes, on the staging, and later I'll sow it in the greenhouse borders, when the last tomatoes come out. (Black cherry toms still fruiting )
- 04-11-2015, 08:23 AM #3
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I'm growing lettuce "all the year round", which didn't do very well last year but I'm giving it a dogs chance this winter.
I'm also growing lettuce "Reine des Glaces", which is supposed to be good in the cold and is coming along nicely at the moment.
I'm also growing salad leaves "The Goodlife mixed". These were okay last year so I'm doing them again.
Growing has slowed right down now despite the mild weather, probably because the light levels have fallen away.
- 04-11-2015, 08:25 AM #4
I have always had really good results with red and green salad bowl. They are recommend as a hardy variety. Some of my favourite.
- 04-11-2015, 08:25 AM #5
Personal I don't because of the low light and temperature here. And because I'm a bit of a fair weather gardener
But I know there are lots of people that grow salad leave through the winter. There are lots variety that perform well in winter. Off the top of my head, winter lettuce, claytonia (miners lettuce), and I think lambs lettuce, but I'm not 100% sure on that one.
- 04-11-2015, 08:37 AM #6
I'm growing lamb's lettuce again, but this year I intend to eat it - last year I was waiting for it to get bigger, but then it ran to seed, I guess they are only meant to get to that small size - you need to grow a lot, you'd need 4 or 5 for a decent salad! Lovely taste and texture though.He-Pep!
- 04-11-2015, 08:51 AM #7
Yes im growing winter gem lettuce in my blow away,they're growing nicely with some white lisbon spring onions sowed at the same time in October.
- 04-11-2015, 09:00 AM #8
It is probably too late but if you start spinach off early, it will slowly grow over winter for baby leaf.