Small is beautiful, less is more; a salad a day but not the supermarket way. This compendium of practical methods for growing a wide variety of salads throughout the year, will inspire you to grow your own, whether on a windowsill, in your garden or on the allotment. Here is all the information you need for productive, healthy and tasty salads. Learn the subtleties of salad seasons and virtues of different leaves throughout the year. And when your table is groaning with the abundance of your harvests, there are delicious and imaginative recipes from Susie, Charles wife, exploiting the fantastic flavours, colour and vitality of home-grown salad leaves
I run a beautiful garden of year round vegetables, all growing in soil that is never dug, except to remove parsnips that grow incredibly long in the undisturbed clay. Not digging, with compost on top, results in fewer weeds and a healthy abundance of food. I explain this in my books, magazine articles (Gardeners World, Grow It!, Simply Vegetables) and at lectures, both locally and nationally. My first book on organic gardening without digging has been reprinted three times before coming out in a second edition in October 2010, and a third edition in February 2013. I receive many lovely letters (emails) of appreciation and these connections with readers are a wonderful bonus.
The vegetables I most like to grow are salads and the experience of selling bags of seasonal leaves, all year round, led to the writing of my second book on salad leaves, which is used by commercial growers as well as gardeners. The third book is on Winter Vegatbles and also the hungry gap, with many tables and photos. Then my course book in 2012 is to help readers in the process of setting up a no dig garden.
Soil and vegetables are my passion and I seek to convey their amazing qualities in my writing and teaching about them; I hope you also learn to enjoy growing and savouring good food.