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Post by freebird on 4th February 2018, 8:08 pm

Land cress is very, very peppery and I don't much like it on its own, but a little is good in the mix. I have grown far too much of it (each variety had 1/2 cold frame, about 2 ft square). Next time I will just grow a 2 ft row.

Lambs lettuce is very mild, spinach is well, spinach. Claytonia is faintly peppery

Endive probably has a stronger flavour as it matures - they may be bitter. I think they needed to be sown earlier than September as they are very small. The leaves of my variety are pale yellow-green, so look pretty in the mix.

They are all harvested as baby or medium sized leaves.

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Post by Dandelion on 4th February 2018, 9:43 pm

It sounds like a good interesting mix

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Post by Chilli-head on 5th February 2018, 1:08 pm

I'm liking the sound of the land cress. I can't abide those bitter saladings the French seem to like though.

I'm not yet on to new season's harvest, but I'm still picking over the last remains of last year's - the leeks seem to have come through winter very well and fattened up a bit - the ones that were under mesh and so not full of allium leaf miner that is. I also cut one last red cabbage and a couple of celeriac.
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Post by freebird on 5th February 2018, 5:01 pm

Would you like some land cress seed to try, CH? Whilst I will continue to grow it, I shan't need a lot.
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Post by Chilli-head on 6th February 2018, 10:28 am

freebird wrote:Would you like some land cress seed to try, CH? Whilst I will continue to grow it, I shan't need a lot.

Well, if you have some going spare it would be interesting to try. I'm guessing the seeds are tiny so not a problem to post ?

Thanks for the kind offer FB, it will now give me the incentive to go in search of some cedar to repair my cold frame ...
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Post by Ploshkin on 6th February 2018, 12:12 pm

Interesting that you had no luck with the winter lettuce Freebird.  I tried some for the polytunnel last winter and had no joy.
I'm not overly keen on the peppery salad leaves but following your success I might have another try at winter salad.  This winter I made a fleece tent within the polytunnel to protect my fig and rosemary and it has worked well so I might try that (a fleece cloche)  for some salad
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Post by freebird on 6th February 2018, 1:06 pm

PM me your address CH and I will put some in the post.
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Post by freebird on 7th February 2018, 1:48 pm

In the post today, CH, though 2nd class as I only had those stamps.

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Post by Chilli-head on 7th February 2018, 1:53 pm

I'm not in a great rush FB ... Thanks very much.
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Post by Chilli-head on 12th February 2018, 7:52 pm

Got them ! Thanks FB. They may have been waiting for me for a day or two, I've been away. On my travels I did manage to find a garden centre with pick and mix potatoes, and some New Horizons compost, so planting is on the cards.
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