Allotment salad crops

What about this then? These are the salads that I’ve been raising under glass – we have some large double-glazing units that we lean together to make a big inverted V and under which we start our salads. Normally, we’d have taken off the glass two or three weeks ago, but the weather has been so atrocious that I haven’t dared risk it.

No matter, everything seems to be doing pretty well. We don’t eat an awful lot of lettuce, mainly it’s a garnish for sandwiches etc, and the fennel gets used in two ways: the fronded leaves are snipped to use in really robust salads, such as those with tuna or new potatoes in them, and the bulb itself is used later in the year to eat with fatty or oily foods such as pork or mackerel, where its gentle aniseed flavour cuts through the richness of the other ingredients.

I do love the way that salad crops are so vivid and fresh and the contrast of colour, shape and form here is like an artist’s composition rather than a vegetable bed!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Saturday, May 15, 2010


Anonymous said...

lovely looking salad..I have some sown but it isn't anywhere near ready to eat yet.

I have just acquired some old double glazed panes for this very reason from some window fitters yesterday who were replacing the blown panes.

May 26, 2010 at 9:38 AM  

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