As an aspiring gardener, I yearn to sow the earliest seeds of spring into the garden-lettuce, peas, kale, spinach, arugula, mustards, carrots, radish…yum, you get the idea. These early, fresh spring crops are up in the garden and paying off on the salad plate. Add some overwintered carrots, onion leaves, homegrown pansy and bachelor button flowers, and you have a downright masterpiece for the eyes and the palate.
In our northern Colorado climate, it is still quite cool at night and probably not to late to heed their advice. How is your salad garden growing?
Well I can keep dreaming but it is time to get busy….and my friends at Botanical Interests seeds offer these planting tips.
Succession sowing refers to sowing a crop in intervals to ensure a continuous harvest. By sowing crops with different days to maturity (harvest), you are planning for multiple harvests in one effort. For example, Cherry Belle radishes are ready in 24 days, Little Finger carrots are harvestable in 57 days, and Atomic Red carrots will mature in 70 to 75 days. When you sow both of these crops at the same time, you already have two successive harvests.
Whenever possible, harvest vegetables in the cool of the morning. Both greens (spinach, mustards, Swiss chard, and kale) and lettuce can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a week or more. Harvest entire stems with the leaves of Swiss chard, kale, and mustard; it helps the plant put its energy into more growth.
It’s not too late to get a salad garden growing!