Super Salad !

Grow your own salad leaves
You won’t get fresher, tastier or healthier greens than what you’ve grown and cut from the garden – just a wash and its on the table ready for the family to enjoy!
How to grow your Super Salad Leaves

In this section we suggest some of the most popular salad leaves and provide straightforward help about how you – or your children – can grow fresh, tasty and chemical-free salad.

Difficulty         Easy
Grow in            Pots, growbags, grow-tables or directly into the ground
Why bother?  Fun to grow, providing your family with fresh & healthy food!

Salad leaves are incredibly easy and fairly quick to grow into a crisp fresh salad for you to enjoy.
And of course, growing your own food is the ultimate win-win-win!!! You’re reducing the pollution caused by importing salad, you’re producing foodthat is fresh, tasty and free from chemicals for your family, it’s great fun and even more importantly, it’s incredibly economical; on average, you should get 6 lettuce for 1p of seed!! 

Choose your variety

There are endless choices when you come to choose lettuces, and it pays to browse the seed stands to get the type of lettuce you want.
Consider colour, whether you want a ‘cut and come again’ variety and the crispness of the leaf.

Ready mixes
Rather than work it out for yourself, the seedsmen have cleverly come up with several mixes of leaves that work together very well – all you need to do is sow, grow, cut and eat!
Choose a mild or spicy mix, oriental, elegant or frilly mix, or just buy a 6-pack collection! Mixes may include Mizuna, Mustard, Cress, Rocket, Mibuna, Tatsoi, Spinach and Coriander depending on the mix you choose. Many of the seed mixes are baby leaves (somewhere between a microgreen and a standard size veg) and will be ready from 21 days.
What else do I need?

We’d always recommend that you use a good quality compost, particularly if you’re growing your salad in a pot, raised bed or other container. There are good bespoke vegetable composts available, but if you don’t think you’ll use a whole bag of vegetable compost, choose a good-quality multi-purpose compost that you can keep and use for other things.

When are they ready to eat?

With many varieties you can begin to crop some outer leaves from about 4 weeks from sowing. Once you’ve taken the leaves a few times, you can thin out the plants to give them extra space, and with a little more growing time they will produce full-heart lettuces.
Consider sowing a few seeds at a time at regular intervals so that you have a continuous supply of fresh and tasty salad to cut and enjoy.

Seasonal considerations
If you can protect the salad from frost, it is possible to grow it more or less all year round, but bear in mind that the lower winter light levels mean that the lettuce will be slower to grow.
Salad lettuce won’t tolerate frosty conditions because ice crystals will form within the plant cells and rupture them. However, it’s relatively simple to provide frost protection with fleece or if your salad is being grown in pots, they can be moved to shelter as required.

Buy your veg here

If you can’t manage in to visit us at Merryhatton, we’re very happy to post out your seeds to you.  Click below to begin shopping.