Winter Salad Indoors

27 October 2014 | Posted in Gardening by The Marshalls Family

Greenhouse Gro-BedsAlthough the end of the season is almost over outside, you can still grow crops in the greenhouse. We suggest planting in our greenhouse grow beds. These are perfect for indoor and outdoor use and various crops, such as tomatoes, can be grown in succession so you can have a harvest all year round, no matter what the weather. It’s easy too; simply add compost and the plant up. If there is a time when your grow bed is empty you can just fold it up and store it in your shed.

So what can you sow now at the end of October? It’s true that choice is limited this time of year but salad leaves can be planted indoors in containers over the colder months and harvested for delicious winter salads. There are a few varieties that will cope well with low light levels and temperature. The Bright and Spicy Salad Leaves Mix will add heat and a nice bitterness to your salad bowl. This is a great mix of salad leaves with a similar growth rate. The flavours compliment each other and make a superb zesty baby leaf salad. This mix contains Serrated Leaf Mizuna, Golden Pak Choi, Pak Choi Canton White, Greek Cress, Mustard Red Zest, Mustard Red Frills.

For a real treat this winter sow the special October Sowing seed collection for superb winter salads and stir fries.

It contains these delicious leaves:

  • Mizuna Kyoto – Quick growing and hardy. For salads and stir-fries
  • Rocket Voyager – A slow selection of wild rocket, with punchy flavour.
  • Spinach Amazon – Excellent for tender baby salad leaves
  • Oriental Mustard Mix- Five zingy varieties for stir fries and salads
  • Chervil-Unusual, parsley flavour, very rich in vitamins. Goes well with salads, chicken and white fish.

Once these have finished you can then replace them with the Low Temperature Seed Collection. We’ve trialled a wide range of veg seeds to bring you a ready-made collection of varieties that were very successful when sown in our Marshalls Greenhouse Gro-Beds in a cold (as low as 5°C) greenhouse in January. It contains:

  • Lettuce Little Gem
  • Mizuna Kyoto
  • Spinach Amazon
  • Trophy Lamb’s Lettuce
  • The Bright & Spicy Salad Mix

Then finally you can finish your stint of indoor sowing with the February & March salad sowing collection. This salad collection consists of five varieties of top-performing seed, that will produce an incredibly early spring harvest of varied and tasty leaves – perfect for sandwiches and side salads.

  • Chervil - Seeds.
  • Beetroot Boltardy.
  • Provencale Salad Leaves
  • Rocket Pegasus
  • Baby Leaf Salad Mix

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