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The weather so is crisp... so are the salads; DIARY.

SALAD DAYS WITH the sudden drop in temperature, you realise just how important those salads you were growing have been.

SALAD DAYS WITH the sudden drop in temperature, you realise just how important those salads you were growing have been.

You can only pretend autumn is still holding sway for so long before the grim arrival of winter becomes inescapable.

You can only pretend autumn is still holding sway for so long before the grim arrival of winter becomes inescapable.

A tell-tale sign of autumn's demise is the shortage of decent green salads. But it is just at this time of year when my family love an injection of something green and zingy.

A tell-tale sign of autumn's demise is the shortage of decent green salads. But it is just at this time of year when my family love an injection of something green and zingy.

We have a veg garden and one of its raised beds has been full of green salads. The mizuna, rocket, lettuce and mache are growing more slowly now, but there is something to pick every day. When the weather gets brutally cold, the most delicate can be covered with cloches. The simplest way is to use plastic bottles, each half making a cloche for an individual lettuce.

We have a veg garden and one of its raised beds has been full of green salads. The mizuna, rocket, lettuce and mache are growing more slowly now, but there is something to pick every day. When the weather gets brutally cold, the most delicate can be covered with cloches. The simplest way is to use plastic bottles, each half making a cloche for an individual lettuce.

UNBEETABLE THE tasty roots of beetroot (pictured), carrots and potatoes, and the wholesome, nutty flavoured squashes and pumpkins that abound at this time are so comforting.

UNBEETABLE THE tasty roots of beetroot (pictured), carrots and potatoes, and the wholesome, nutty flavoured squashes and pumpkins that abound at this time are so comforting.

Great food to hibernate with and most of it can be stored successfully: marrows and squashes in nets, carrots and beetroot with soil over them on the ground and potatoes, frost-free in the dark, in big paper bags.

in big paper bags.

NEXT STAGE IN THE greenhouse we've been clearing the decks, chucking out tomatoes and cucumbers not worth hanging on to. Every inch of space is prized during winter. The benches are filled with trays of cuttings and young seedlings. Some of the salad crops come in here too. Underneath the staging are dahlias, eucomis and nerines.

NEXT STAGE IN THE greenhouse we've been clearing the decks, chucking out tomatoes and cucumbers not worth hanging on to. Every inch of space is prized during winter. The benches are filled with trays of cuttings and young seedlings. Some of the salad crops come in here too. Underneath the staging are dahlias, eucomis and nerines.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 30, 2013
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