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Nation of Gardeners results: Mixed Red Salad Leaves

January 15th, 2014 | Nation of Gardeners, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

mixed red saladThese Mixed Red 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.

As long as the plants have plenty of light and are kept frost-free, they will grow successfully to provide salad leaves year-round.

Our Nation of Gardeners were asked to sow Mixed Red 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: Fairly good germination but several seedlings collapsed so not many surviving
North Devon 30-50m 12 December 15 December Sown indoors on South East facing windowsill. Although quick to germinate, they haven’t established into full leaves, still thin seedlings.
Worcestershire 55m 28 December 4 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 10 December 14 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill. 26 December: first picking
Suffolk 6m 7 December 10 December Sown into propagator at 22 degrees C and then moved to went facing windowsill once germinated. Very leggy looking seedlings.
Hertfordshire 150m 8 December 14 December Sown indoors on North West facing windowsill.
Surrey 58m 27 December 30 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill. 4 January 2014: Seedlings looking healthy but slightly behind green & spicy seedlings
Pontypridd 157m 15 December 19 December (indoors)23 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 – but plants very youngOutdoor sowings were slower to germinate but the seedlings looked much stronger.
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.  23 January: started to damp off. 2 February: All lost

Nation of Gardeners results: Mixed Mild Salad Leaves

January 15th, 2014 | Nation of Gardeners, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Mixed Mild Salad LeavesThese Mixed Mild 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 too.

Our Nation of Gardeners were asked to sow Mixed Mild 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 22 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill. 31 December:  Relatively high germination rate but seedlings rather weak and spindly as compared to the spicy mix.
North Devon 30-50m 12 December 15 December Sown indoors on North East facing windowsill. Although quick to germinate, they haven’t established into full leaves, still thin seedlings.
Worcestershire 55m 28 December 4 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 into propagator at 22 degrees C then moved to a West facing windowsill when germinated. Very leggy seedlings.
Hertfordshire 150m 8 December 16 December Sown indoors on North West facing windowsill.
Surrey 58m 27 December 31 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill. 4 January 2014: Seedlings looking healthy but slightly behind green & spicy seedlings
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 – but plants very youngOutdoor sowings were slower to germinate but the seedlings looked much stronger.
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.

 

Nation of Gardeners results: Mixed Spicy Salad Leaves

January 15th, 2014 | Nation of Gardeners, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

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.

 

Nation of Gardeners results: Coriander Calypso

January 15th, 2014 | Nation of Gardeners, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Coriander CalypsoThese Coriander Calypso are bred to be slow to run to seed and to branch low down, creating uniform bushy plants that are perfectly suited to ‘cut and come again’ cropping, re-growing for 3-4 ‘cuts’

Coriander is wonderfully aromatic and full of flavour and can be added to  a variety of dishes including summer salads.

Our Nation of Gardeners were asked to plant Coriander Calypso 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 24 December Sown into 8″ pots onto a North East facing windowsill. Rapid growth etiolated seedlings however so very weak and leggy
Renfrewshire 28m 16 December 26 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill. 31 December: Good germination and seedlings looking very strong.
North Devon 30-50m 12 December 9 January Sown outdoors in coldframe against North West facing wall. Outer pot did not provide good drainage, and seeds became water-logged. Removed outer pot and first sight of growth seen 09/01
Worcestershire 55m 28 December 11 January Sown indoors on South facing windowsill.
Derbyshire 39m
Cumbria 90m 18 January Sown indoors on North facing windowsill
Ceredigion 131m 6 December 17 December Sown indoors on North West facing windowsill.
Bristol 55m 10 December 19 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill.
Suffolk 6m 7 December 12 December Sown in propagator at 22 degrees C then moved to a West facing windowsill once germinated.
Hertfordshire 150m 8 December 15 December Sown indoors on North West facing windowsill.
Surrey 58m 27 December 3 January Sown indoors on South West facing windowsill. Coriander germinating faster than basil – both just starting to come through. 04.01.14
Pontypridd 157m 15 December 21 December (indoors)not yet (outdoors) Indoor sowings on North facing windowsill.  Seedlings have started to get leggy by end of month.Outdoor sowings in South facing coldframe show no sign of germination.
Buckinghamshire 66m 15 December 22 December Sown indoors on West facing windowsill.
Guildford 56m
Gloucestershire 74m 31 December Indoor sowings on South facing windowsill, overshadowed by trees.
Derbyshire 241m 14 December and 27 December 23 December (for the 14 December sowing) and 3 January (27 December sowing) Indoor sowings on South facing windowsill.  Sowed again on 27 December into heated propagator and saw germination by 4 January.  Very leggy seedlings from the propagator, windowsill seedlings look healthier even though they took a little longer.

 

 

Sprouting seeds in the winter

December 16th, 2013 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

In the depths of winter it is sometimes hard to get a fresh veg taste from your garden.  Try sprouting seeds on your windowsill instead.

Mr Fothergill’s offers a number of sprouting seeds on the website, or experiment by sprouting other young plants instead!