Nation of Gardeners results: Mixed Spicy Salad Leaves

Mixed Spicy Salad LeavesThese Mixed Spicy Salad leaves can be grown all year round and are quick to grow in containers, on the windowsill indoors or outside during winter in a frost-free greenhouse or cold frame.

These leaves are perfect as a cut-and-come-again crop or for growing on to full lettuce heads.  They can be grown easily in containers for ease of access from the kitchen in the summer months and will supply a reliable continuous crop of peppery and spicy tasting leaves to enliven your salads.

Our Nation of Gardeners were asked to sow Mixed Spicy Salad Leaves in December 2013 as part of a windowsill growing challenge during the colder months of the year.  The table below charts their progress.


Location Elevation Date planted Date first signs of growth Notes
Cheshire 49m 17 December 20 December Sown on North East facing windowsill. Very quick growth, etiolated seedlings moved to greenhouse after 10 days. Tastes like cress.
Renfrewshire 28m 16 December 20 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill. 31 December:  High proportion of seeds germinated and seedlings looking strong.
North Devon 30-50m 12 December 22 December Sown outdoors in a cold frame against a North Facing wall.
Worcestershire 55m 28 December 3 January Sown indoors on a South facing windowsill.
Derbyshire 39m
Cumbria 90m 18 January 23 January Sown indoors on a North facing windowsill
Ceredigion 131m 6 December 9 December Sown indoors on North West facing windowsill.  1 January: first picking, good flavour.
Bristol 55m 19 December 23 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill. 26 December: first picking
Suffolk 6m 7 December 10 December Sown in propagator at 22 degrees C then moved to West facing windowsill when germinated. Very leggy.
Hertfordshire 150m 8 December 14 December Sown indoors on North West facing windowsill.
Surrey 58m 27 December 30 December Sown indoors on South West facing windowsill. 4 January 2014: Seedlings looking strong and healthy.
Pontypridd 157m 15 December 18 December (indoors)24 December (outdoors) Indoor sowings on North facing windowsill were quick to germinate, started to get ‘leggy’ so cut back. 31 December: first picking. Not bitter – could taste the spiciness.Outdoor sowings were slower to germinate but the seedlings looked much stronger. The Spicy variety were the sturdiest of all the salad sowings.
Buckinghamshire 66m 27 December 29 December Sown indoors on an East facing windowsill.
Guildford 56m
Gloucestershire 74m 11 December 16 December Indoor sowings on South facing windowsill, overshadowed by trees. Got very ‘leggy’ indoors so moved them to a south facing lean to greenhouse, with full sun when it’s not raining most of the day.
Derbyshire 241m 14 December 17 December Indoor sowings on South facing windowsill. 30 December: thick mat of seedlings by end of month, but not big enough to pick.


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