How to Grow Winter Salads



Winter salads are just as important in your diet as salads at any other time of the year. Being able to grow them during winter is a wonderful experience, whether you do so indoors or out, depending on how severe your winter is. Here are some ideas on what to grow.

Steps

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    Decide where you will grow your winter salads. If you live in a very cold climate, you will need to grow the plants indoors. This can be easily done provided you have a space near a window somewhere so that the plants can get sunlight each day. Choose pots that will fit in your home and make sure that you have non-leaking saucers under each pot. For those lucky enough to be able to keep growing during winter, plant your winter salad vegetables in the garden bed as usual.
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    Select the winter salad plants that you will grow. There is a wide selection of plants suitable for growing at wintertime. These include:

    • Lamb's lettuce (Valerianella locusta) - this is also known as corn salad. It is a very popular salad green in Europe, where it is also known as mache.
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    • Cos lettuces are a good choice - look for miniature varieties if you are growing indoors, as well as the heirloom varieties such as "Rouge d'hiver".
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    • Chicory - this is a slightly bitter salad green that adds life to a winter salad.
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    • Rocket/arugula - always a salad favourite at any time of year
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    Keep watered as usual and fertilize as needed. Cover against frost if you are growing outdoors and be sure not to let salad vegetables dry out if grown in a heated environment indoors.
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    Harvest as needed. If you stagger your planting, you should be able to have a crop of winter salads continuously through winter and into spring. Freshly picked food is always the very best for our health.

Tips

  • Indoor vegetables can do with a regular spray of water to mimic the outdoor environment and stop them from drying out.
  • Be careful of waterlogging during winter; if there is too much rain, make sure it is draining away from your outdoor vegetables.
  • You won't have so many troubles with bugs during winter as the cold will keep them away. If you do experience any problems, however, look at wikiHow's category on Garden Sprays.

Things You'll Need

  • Salad vegetables of choice
  • Garden patch or indoor pots and saucers
  • Watering can
  • Fertilizer suited to plants (see the compost tea article)

Article Info

Categories: Growing Vegetables