How to make a salad mix

Do it:

Mar, Apr, May

Takes just:

15 minutes

Bags of mixed-leaf salads from the supermarket can be expensive, and often go to waste in the fridge. So why not make your own mix, that you can harvest when you need it?

Mix your favourite salad varieties into a personalised baby-leaf salad blend to suit your particular tastes. It's a good idea to aim for four parts mild flavours (spinach, lettuce) to one part strong (herbs, rocket, mustards).

Try to match varieties that all grow at the same rate, too – rocket tends to grow more quickly, while spinach grows more slowly, so make sure you get a good balance.

The great thing about making your own blend is that you can experiment until you find one that is right for you. Here's a recipe to get you started.

You will need

1 tsp spinach 'Reddy'

1 tsp lamb's lettuce

1 tsp lettuce 'Salad Bowl'

1 tsp lettuce 'Red Salad Bowl'

½ tsp chervil

½ tsp coriander

Small bowl for mixing

Envelope or storage container


Mix the seeds together in a bowl, using the quantities above or a mix to suit your taste.

Keep the mix in a cool, dry place until you are ready to sow it.

Sow in seed trays, directly into a pot, or broadcast sow directly into the soil if it is warm enough.


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