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Salad Leaves for All Seasons: Organic Growing from Pot to Plot [Paperback]

Charles Dowding
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20 Mar 2008
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

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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Green Books (20 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190032220X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900322201
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16.5 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. Among the many advantageous results of not digging, with compost on top, is that there are fewer weeds and a healthy abundance of food. I explain this in my books, magazine articles (Gardeners World, Kitchen Garden, Simply Vegetables) and at lectures and courses, both locally and nationally.
My first book on organic gardening without digging came out in 2007, then 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 fine bonus to the quiet task of writing.
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 for All Seasons, which is used by many commercial growers as well as gardeners. The third book is on Winter Vegetables and covers the hungry gap too, with many tables and photos. Monty Don and Robin Lane Fox like this one.
Then my course book of 2012 is to help readers in the process of setting up a no dig garden, with tips on mulching, tools, weeds and seasonal sowing. It gave birth to the Veg Journal book in 2014, in a month my month format and with pages for notes. Bunny Guinness said in the Sunday Telegraph that it is a 'coffee stained rather than coffee table book", for taking out in the garden. Bunny enjoys a nice cup of coffee while savouring her vegetable garden and that is a major part of my writing, to encourage enjoyment of vegetable growing and a love of your beautiful plants.
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.

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An essential book for every garden and kitchen --Nigel Slater

Exciting ... fascinating ... very inspiring --BBC R4 Gardener's Question Time

This is the No 1 book for anyone who loves salads --Anna Pavord

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With Salad Leaves for All Seasons you can bring abundant harvest of delicious and attractive leaves to your table all year round, whatever the size of your growing space. Here is all the information you need for growing healthy plants, including:
- Details of a wide variety of salad leaves.
- Growing outdoors in winter.
- Growing micro leaves.
- Dealing with pests.
No more sprayed lettuce and supermarket imports - reap the benefits of healthy, nutritious meals from your own patio or garden. Discover the secrets of the seasons, and how to work with the weather to create a productive and healthy crop. Learn to grow salad in whatever space you have available - from a window box to an allotment.
And when your table is groaning with the fruits of your labour, delicious recipes from Susie, Charles' wife, will help you exploit the fantastic flavours, colour and vitality of your home-grown leaves.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally inspirational 19 Nov 2008
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A completely invaluable book for anyone who likes to grow food. The thing about salad is that even the tiniest spot can be made to produce something (look at Dowding's discussion of microleaves for windowsills...) But the big advantage of this book is the brilliant month by month sections containing detailed suggestions and growing instructions for salads that will flourish at different times of year. Forget sowing the same thing over and over again, says Dowding. Instead, choose seasonal plants - mustards and rockets in winter, soft watery leaves in summer - which will flourish, needing less care and getting less pests, because they are growing at just the right time for them.

This book made me get out the seed catalogues and start ordering more unusual varieties - this winter I've grown red mustard and lambs lettuce which are both really sharp and tasty, and which I probably wouldn't have been brave enough to try without Dowding's ever-encouraging book. Really, at the price of three supermarket mixed bags of leaves, it's a book that we should ALL have a copy of!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate guide for year round salad 24 Mar 2009
I've used this book to guide my salad growing for over a year now. We've not needed to buy any salad from shops in that time- even through winter!

The information is detailed and great for guiding the new determined salad grower. This is my first Amazon review and I had to write how great this book is.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from an expert grower 22 May 2009
This is the second book I bought by Charles Dowding, having enjoyed his other titles so much. I love his practical approach, his obvious love of his subject and his wealth of experience - which he freely shares. If you relish salads this is the book for you. You can grow juicy leaves all year round and know that you're doing your bit for the planet as well as your tummy! This has got to be the ONLY way to grow stuff in my opinion. If the garden and wildlife benefit by these tried and trusted methods - it's a no brainer that we do too. Do yourself a favour and do what Charles does. Buy this book and love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional 24 Jan 2010
The most comprehensive book to be produced on salads that I have ever read. As a professional salad grower for 7 years I am still learning from his 25 years experience and methodical and compelling research and experimentation. There is so much information packed into it that I go back and back to it. That being said, a complete novice could buy this book and never have to buy a packet of miserable tasteless leaves from a supermarket again. His courses are also fascinating.Salad Leaves for All Seasons: Organic Growing from Pot to Plot
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5.0 out of 5 stars health from pot to plate 12 Sep 2009
this book is a must have for everyone who wants to eat well. for a small ammount you can eat fresh,organic salad every day of the year and no food miles!all the info is easy to understand,enven for a complete novice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, easy salads 6 Jun 2009
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This book makes salad growing so easy, if you have the smallest of spaces - or even a window sill - you may never need to buy salad again. And of course it all tastes so much better than bought salad. The book teaches you easy ways to start off and grow on lots of different sorts of salad leaves, many of which you will never have tried before. Highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Any Salad Leaf Grower 22 Aug 2011
If you want to grow an interesting, tasty and colourful mix of salad leaves, surpassing anything that the supermarket sells, then you need to buy this book. I say this for two reasons: firstly, I know of no alternative book on this subject that comes anywhere close, and secondly, a lot of the advice is difficult to work out for yourself. The book will save you years of careful observation and trial-and-error.

I started growing vegetables a few years back and decided to put a bit more effort into producing salad leaves. With the fancy bags of leaves available in the supermarket all year round it's not enough to dish up a few Icebergs and maybe a bit of Rocket (if the Flea Beetle doesn't get it first that is). My family were turning their collective nose up at my efforts and I needed to up my game. I started looking at the supermarket bags and noticed that they contained many different leaves, Rocket, Frisee (actually a variety of Endive), Chicory, Chard, Mustard, Mizuna, Chinese Leaves, Watercress, Pea shoots, Corn salad etc. and yes, some Lettuce. Charles tells you how to grow all of these and more: which leaves and varieties to grow, tips on where to buy the seeds, when to sow them and how to harvest. Much of the detail is important but not obvious, such as avoiding sowing Rocket at certain times of year to avoid the Flea Beetle, despite what the seed packet says, and not scything plants down in the oft-advocated cut-and-come-again style but carefully picking leaves thus dramatically extending the life and and enhancing the productivity of plants.

I've been growing leaves for a year now, following Charles' advice, and the results have exceeded expectations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Salad Leaves for all Seasons 29 Jun 2010
A very informative book for anyone passionate about feeding themselves from their own plot throughout the year. I enjoyed visiting the associated website and viewing the progress of the allotment featured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raison D'etre
'God' might have placed Charles Dowding on Earth just to write this book, (plus maybe a few others). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Roger Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, informative book
Really informative book. I will try growing some different plants next season. The cropping method is very interesting. Interesting if you eat lots of salad.
Published 5 months ago by E. J. Greenwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Prompt delivery - very useful book
Delivery was prompt and book was in excellent condition. This book is very comprehensive and ideal for anyone who enjoys growing their own salads.
Published 7 months ago by Cas
5.0 out of 5 stars never realised how much salad survives even hard frost
This is just one of the books that I have from Charles and I have to say that in a difficult growing year I have had outstanding results with little effort having followed his no... Read more
Published 12 months ago by bluebell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic....
Charles Dowding has been growing salad leaves the no dig way for decades...if you are brave enough to go against "conventional" gardening "ways" this is THE book by... Read more
Published 13 months ago by A W Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Salad Leaves for all Seasons
Useful book for the beginner, whilst correct I found it repetitive, it's a month by month guide to sowing, growing and planting on either in your tunnel or in your garden plot. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. A. Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
like all dowding books, this is an allotemnteers must! great advice on salad varieties for extenting the growing season in the greenhouse tunnnel or out in the cold!
Published 19 months ago by Shaun
5.0 out of 5 stars Really wonderful
This is one of my must have books. It has changed the way I garden for the better and increased the range of plants I grow to eat. Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2011 by betii
5.0 out of 5 stars Salads All the Year
As other reviewers have mentioned this is pragmatic down to earth (literally) advice on how to grow your own salads virtually all year round. Read more
Published on 16 July 2011 by Justine
4.0 out of 5 stars Salad know how.
As someone who want to get the most out of my veg plot by growing those veg that cost the most to buy; this book is helping me to plan my contual supply of leaves for salads,... Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2011 by M. S. Carter
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