The gentlemen with whom I share my home (one husband and one child ) are disinclined, at the best of times, to partake of vegetables of any description, and though they might be tolerated as a necessary evil occasionally – on top of a pizza, for instance – salad leaves of any kind seem to give rise to a red line. They are, after all, food for rabbits – and I suppose I must have been a rabbit in a former life because they are one of my absolute favourite things. It winds me up though, that the only way to buy them is usually as a whole head of one kind of lettuce – boring! – or as a mixture in a bag – much more interesting and delicious, but it’s hard to get through a whole bag by yourself before they get limp and lifeless, and I hate waste. So this week I’ve been planting my own ‘cut and come again’ lettuce.
I’ve planted them in a mixture of organic compost and manure, and am trying Vigoroot vegetable planters – so called because they’re made from a special fabric that air-prunes plants’ roots, allowing you to grow more healthy plants than you normally would in a container. Apparently, you can use them to grow ‘fashionable mini-vegetables’ which sounds like fun. I’ve chosen them for a combination of practical and aesthetic reasons – as a garden designer, aesthetic considerations always count for a lot – and I really like the vivid green of the felt-like fabric.
The cut and come again salad mixture has a mixture of red and green leaves of different kinds, allowing you to snip a few leaves for a sandwich or a side salad, after which they’ll re-grow several times – and you can cut them as young leaves which are the nicest
The fabric construction also makes the pots more portable, and they can be washed out for winter storage. I might use mine to grow lots of tulips for cutting, when the salad days are over – but then again, they would work for winter crops like kale or purple sprouting broccoli……after all, the planning is just as much fun as the growing!
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