Winter salad growing

Jane Perrone has written about winter salads and her experience growing them. Hmmm. I love salad, but for me it has to have some constituents that just can’t be grown in a British winter: either tomatoes or beetroot, and peppers.

But Jane’s post got me thinking again. We have rocket growing in both greenhouses – it’s slow, very slow, but it’s growing. I use it mainly as a sandwich filling for packed lunches. Then we’ve got delicious new potatoes, grown in containers in the same greenhouses, and the Cylindra beetroot that I froze this year are utterly glorious when grated frozen and mixed into a robust winter coleslaw (red cabbage, beetroot, winter carrot and a few frozen redcurrants in a sesame oil and red wine vinegar dressing) so perhaps I need to up my game?

I have walking onions which grow all year round, and tiny leaves of kale which are crunchy and finally, wonderfully, whitefly free. I don’t like nettles or Good King Henry, and it looks like my French Tarragon may have succumbed to rot (my fault, I stood it in the same tray as some overwintering sweet peas and they need more water than it does, so it may have rotted at the root as a result of me meeting their thirst) but the greenhouse parsley and thyme are available, and small amounts of radicchio, finely chopped are deliciously zingy (too much is painfully bitter) so we do have the nucleus of a salad, without doing any more than we already are.

I’m going to talk to OH about this, and see if we can’t get better use out of the greenhouses next winter. One is already being geared up for peas and seed onions, but the other could easily be used to grow winter salad crops … thinking hat firmly on!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Thursday, January 5, 2012


Blogger Joanna said...

How about Chinese cabbage? I'm sure that they would do better than ours in our greenhouse, as ours have already had to endure a few days of rather low temperatures with just a fleece. In fact they have survived in some pretty dreary days under the fleece and I am sure would have benefitted from a little more light but daren't risk leaving the fleece off.

January 5, 2012 at 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Damo said...

Sounds like you're half way there to a decent winter salad already!

January 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Joanna, that's a brilliant idea - I don't think they are particularly whitefly prone either1

Damo - true, but it could be more exciting, I think. I find winter salads lack ooomph a lot of the time.

January 12, 2012 at 8:15 AM  
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