GARDEN YOUR WAY TO SALAD SATISFACTION.Byline: Paul Wills Knight-Ridder Tribune News Wire
Growing a personalized salad garden as winter tapers off is a natural for gardeners with little space or time.
It takes only a moderate amount of labor, to grow your own makings for green salads better than any you would find in a restaurant.
Unlike most gardens, the salad garden doesn't need full sun; four to six hours a day will do, or even less if the shade is light and broken. A plot of ground no larger that 10 square feet will grow enough fresh salad ingredients for the entire family.
Growing the vegetables is simple and the harvest can begin within four weeks.
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A mixture of young leafy greens, often including young lettuces, used as salad.
[Provençal mesclom, mesclumo, mixture, from Vulgar Latin - familiar vegetables like lettuce, mustard, cress cress
Any of several plants of the mustard family, of interest for their spicy young basal leaves, which are used in salads and as seasonings and garnishes. Watercress is perhaps the most popular of the edible cresses. , plus several others that we rarely grow, such as mache, mizuna mi·zu·na
An edible plant (Brassica rapa var. nipposinica) in the mustard family, having dark green, glossy, feathery leaves and white stems. , arugula arugula
Yellowish-flowered European herbaceous plant (Eruca vesicaria sativa), of the mustard family, cultivated for its foliage, which is used especially in salads. and some of the Oriental mustards. In France, they adjust the mix in the salad bowl to personal tastes. But all the salad makings are harvested as tender, young greens and are served while absolutely fresh.
For maximum flavor, salad greens must be grown rapidly in rich, airy soil which has enough organic matter to hold moisture but drain away excess water that would stunt or kill the roots. Plants that have to struggle in the garden are almost certainly going to be tough and bitter.
Before planting any seeds, cultivate the selected spot about 10 inches deep, till in a 3-inch layer of well-rotted plant material such as dry peat or compost, if you can get it, and a sprinkling of 10-10-10 fertilizer. Water well if the soil is dry, wait about a week and then plant the seeds of cool-weather crops.
Leaf lettuces such as black-seeded Simpson will grow just about anywhere; Bibb bibb
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[Alteration of bib.] or butterhead lettuces with their soft, wide leaves are good choices. So is romaine, which is small.
I'd want little round, red radishes in my salad garden, both for their color and the unique bite they add to the mixture. They can be grown to harvest size in just 28 days or less. Young radish radish, herbaceous plant (Raphanus sativus) belonging to the family Cruciferae (mustard family), with an edible, pungent root sliced in salads or used as a relish. leaves are candidates for the salad bowl, too.