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I heartily agree though this year because of a foot injury, I have had a problem planting. For supper last evening I had a fresh baguette of nothing but leaves and (for once) a quite tasty shop bought tomato. Lovely.
what a load of rubbish atotal waste of time space and money what happend to Monty Dons plot Why should we pay for large new greenhouse and tons of top soil to convert a rugby pitch plus anew shed what happend to the credit crunch b Reuse some of the old gardens already paid fof
I love growing these baby leaves they are so easy and the fact that you pick them fresh every time means that there's no soggy leaves turfed out of the fridge, and you have a continuous supply for as long as you want.
I'm taking on a project to grow my own rocket salad leaves (amongst other vegetables) on an urban city balcony in London - please, please, please follow my progress by viewing / following:


I grew some mixed lettuce last autumn in my veg plot and it is still doing well. whenever i need some lettuce i just pick what i need. It is fresh and it tastes lovely.
I'm just getting started with growing fruit and veg for the first time, are there any i can plant now that are easy to grow and keep under control?
i have germinated some alpine srtawberries which seem to whant to remain small with just 3or4 small leaves growth seems very slow do they need alot of heat they are in my small greenhouse which gets alot of the sunhavent grown srawberries before any one give advise thanks
I've been eating fresh cos lettuce, mixed salad leaves, rocket and spinach for the past two months in my B&Q plastic four shelf greenhouse on my roof terrace. I regurly pick at it all to ensure fresh growth and pitch out flowering to stop them seeding. I water them near daily, especially when there has been good weather and when ever i'm home and it's raining i put them out on the terrace to get rain water for them. I can't remember the last time I bought lettuce. I just sown some more as our desire for fresh salad with our meals is for ever growing. It's Cheap, very tasty and a great cut and come again option.
I've started growing some rocket in the last few weeks on London's most ambitious balcony garden ( Am I better off growing these inside the windowsill in the absence of a greenhouse or is outside OK?
Funny I some alpine strawberries I was given about 4 years ago growing in a shallow pot and they keep on growing ,I was tempted to put them in the growned but they do tend to take over. I also have a green house the I purchased in 1975 when I moved to this house and it is still going strong, only have to replace the glass here and there, one of the best buys in the garden.
are there two sorts of rocket? I have some seeds called cut and come again rocket leaves which I've got in a seed tray in the green house, but my sister is talking about her rocket running to seed in the garden and her eating the flowers now???
I grow Niche Oriental Salad Leaves all year round in tubs and then when my tomatoes and cucumbers are finished in the greenhouse I plant more Niche and have a continuous supply of salad leaves to pick through the winter.
There are several sorts of rocket available as seed, and they seem to vary in their spiciness and also their leaf shape, but no mine is certainly not at the running to seed stage yet!
I always have a fresh crop of cos lettuce and some "mixed salad leaves" that I grow from a free seed packet that I got off a magazine a couple of years ago (I think). This year I was astounded when the spiky red leaves (not sure what they are due to unrecorded origin) overwintered. I have re-potted the pots and refreshed the compost as usual in spring but kept these rare overwinterers out of respect. I live 60 'ish miles north of london. Anyone else known salad leaves survive outside over winter?


I once saw on a Fernly Whitinstal show, that you can grow you salad crops in gutting. Bingo, I bought some and screwed it to both our Green house staging, and low and behold, you do not have to bend down for the crops! Instead of glueing in the ends, I pop riveted them, so that we have some drainage. Why not give it a go. ALSO As I now have to work (regretably) shifts I have installed a series of plastic pipes, and secured some hoselock sprinkler nozzels. All I have to do now is plumb in a few more outside taps, and fit timers. Then the 2 greenhouses, the veg plot and the hanging baskets on the front, will be watered without me being there! Initially i tried 22 mm, but I would recommend 15 mm, as your fixed pipe work. I recommend that you spend the money and buy the proper push fittings, as it will save you playing with silicone sealant. Just remember your mains pressure, will dictate how many nozzels to have. I have 7 in the 6 x 8, and 8 in the 10 x 6 which feeds 3 more out side. I am going to have to replace some 22 mm to ensure that the ridge sprinkler works, and covers its salad tray. The front ring main, is from the local tool shop, but Aldi sell the same item with thier own logo's for the same £5.99. Just route from your feed point and cut/insert the drip fittings, and you can descretely water you baskets/tubs. In the veg plot, I have poundland sprinkler hose, cut and joined using copper pipe/hose pipe lenghts, and jubillee clips, to get it where you want to go. So there you have it, watering/salad growing made easy. Just remember outside taps require a non return valve, to eliminate syphoning into the household water system
Hi....this is the first time I've grown my own salads and oh I just eat my way through the garden. They taste so different, richer and yummier. I've grown baby spinach, lettuce, i've only just planted some spring onions and I have some carrots coming through beautifully(real easy). I've grown them all in pots to....just hope the radishes catch up (smiling)

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