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Post by Guest on 12th April 2010, 9:55 pm

I grow my salad crops in the sandy beds outside. In summer it gets too hot for lettuce so I'm always looking around for other ideas and love just picking leaves off as it reduces the slug problem.

So far my very favourite is red salad bowl as it survives into June and is mild flavoured. The variety Batavia is the lettuce that I prefer.

I also have tried chicories (self balancing) - too strong flavoured and frissy (endive?) but never managed to blanch without having slugs infesting it.

I tried mizuna and pack choi one year and lost them all to something... this time seeding pak choi red leaf in the green house and then planting out.

What great flavours have you found in the land of the salad leaves? garden

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Post by Compostwoman on 12th April 2010, 10:54 pm

Red/green salad bowl, mizuma, giant red mustard, pak choi, wild rocket.

Those do us for 6 months of the year....

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 12th April 2010, 11:01 pm

I love frisee. Rocket. Spinach. Orach. Pea leaves.

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Post by Compostwoman on 12th April 2010, 11:05 pm

ooo pea shoots and bean shoots..forgot those! also baby spinach and chard and brassicas....

Also I sprout stuff all year round...does that count?

Oh dear, does that make me a sad bean sprout eater...? I guess it does...

but I hate wheatgrass juice...so maybe that cancels it out?

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Post by Dandelion on 13th April 2010, 5:51 pm

From a practical point of view, I like cos variety lettuce - we have a lot of annoying little slugs, so I grow lettuces in copper rings, which works even better with upright varieties as there are no leaves flopping over the edge of the copper ring for slugs to gain access.
Am experimenting with a handful of last years lettuce and rocket seeds sown in a trough to make my own salad leaf mix

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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 13th April 2010, 6:07 pm

Rocket, baby spinach, the red leaves that I grew from seeds Billy gave me a couple of years ago(can't remember what it was but it was lovely) Very Happy, general mixed lettuce leaves, flat leaf parsley

Have got a tray of peas waiting to sprout ready for pea shoots, which I've yet to try
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Post by Chilli-head on 13th April 2010, 9:15 pm

I like wild rocket, beetroot leaves (bull's blood is good), cos lettuce for crunch. I really dislike those dreadfully bitter endives the French seem to serve as a garnish :sick:
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Post by polgara on 13th April 2010, 10:00 pm

I just get packets of mixed varieties I am not a lettuce lover, well I am not a veggie person, but I too like Cos.
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 13th April 2010, 11:07 pm

Chilli-head wrote: I really dislike those dreadfully bitter endives the French seem to serve as a garnish :sick:

you just aren't trying the right recipes.

Salade de frisee et lardons with a poached egg on top and foie gras.... mmmmmm

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Post by Chilli-head on 14th April 2010, 9:06 am

Wilhelm Von Rhomboid wrote:
Salade de frisee et lardons with a poached egg on top and foie gras.... mmmmmm

Lardon, poached egg and foie gras - quite a salad. I'll try it if I can have a half bottle of Sauternes to wash it down Very Happy


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Post by Guest on 14th April 2010, 11:35 am

Chilli-head wrote: I really dislike those dreadfully bitter endives the French seem to serve as a garnish :sick:

Its down to the blancing..which is difficult to do without slugs. It can be very refreshing in hot summer when done well and the good bit goes into the salad and the dark bits get used a garnish!

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Post by Sparhawk on 14th April 2010, 11:39 pm

Easily pleased, Lollo rosso + any with leaves like that & little gem, thinking of giving pak choi a go but still learning & trying baring in mind the slug/snail/feline obsticals I have... Evil or Very Mad

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Post by Guest on 15th April 2010, 8:49 pm

Sparhawk, thats one advantage of picking leaves. You reduce the slug problem as there are no leaves on the ground and you are picking each day unlike a lettuce picked in heart that has been left several weeks for the slugs to move in.

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Post by Guest on 6th June 2010, 2:08 pm

Another to add to the list is Italian Giant leaf parsley. Once grown it will keep appearing and has a lovely sweet flavour that can be added to mixed salads.

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