Salad Leaves for All Seasons: Organic Growing from Pot to Plot Paperback – 20 Mar 2008
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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
From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Charles Dowdings books are well worth having. His no dig approach and sequential planting make eminent sense. This one on salad leaves is a goid additionPublished 3 months ago by T F
Repetitive, padded out and extended. Sections of it read like brief notes or reminders and the photos add nothing to the text. I've read it once but never opened it again. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chindog
I feel this book can both help the professional farmer (myself) and those who wish to grow just a few leaves for themselves. I mine of information.Published 16 months ago by Eana
Great book which gives all the information you need in a no-nonsense style. We will all be eating more healthily because of it this year.Published 17 months ago by christine chenery