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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 05 11:16 am    Post subject: Early salads  Reply with quote    

Just thought I'd see what people are doing by way of salads and if we can exchange a few tips and ideas. So far I've only started a half seed tray of rocket indoors, and a full seed tray with three rows of rocket and three rows of lettuce seed that needed using up, that's in the greenhouse. The indoor rocket came up first but interestingly since the snow and ice stopped the greenhouse rocket seems to have completely caught up.

I'm going to try to be a bit more organised this year with salads - and use up some of the old packs of seed - probably starting seed trays and growing them in pots/containers to begin with. Must get some watercress on soon as well.

So, any tips, experience, ideas, questions?

twoscoops



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Warwickshire
PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 05 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm hoping to sow my first salads infdoors on Sunday, as well as basil and coriander, which were poor last year. I feel optimistic here in the sunshine, and looking forward to the first shoots coming through.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 05 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Most lettuce seed isn't much good past a year old, best to broadcast older seed and use as cut-and-come-again salad.
Just off to start sowing in the polytunnel today. Salads do well under polythene as long as they get good vetilation.

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 05 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well if the promised heatwave is coming this weekend, I will definitely be out there sowing salads. Things like rocket and the cut-and-come-again lettuces I always sow direct, under a cloche at this time of year. The crunchier lettuces I find are less successful sown outdoors, so I might start off some little gems on the windowsill as well.

I love this time of year - so much promise and all you have to worry about is a bit of frost. No blight or aphids or flea beetle or other nasties to obsess about yet!

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 05 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have plenty of success with older lettuce seed, but I do tend to plant them thick and thin out.

We've got some salad rape, rocket and mizuna planted. Not lettuce yet.

nettie



Joined: 02 Dec 2004
Posts: 5886
Location: Suffolk
PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 05 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The rocket and cut and come again lettuce has been succession sown in the greenhouse all winter, have had quite a bit of rocket, and a few small portions of the lettuce. At the moment am padding it out with chickweed (some was growing in the greenhouse!!! ), and finely shredded chard which has been growing furiously all winter.

Have started off some other lettuces indoors too, let's hope they spring up soon!

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