February Salads.

We like to have salads all year round, being vegetarian they are an important part of our diet. In Summer we would eat salad almost every day, in Winter maybe 2 or 3 times a week. During the hard frost and snow we were’nt able to pick as crops just went limp. Amazingly none of the salad crops died and have recovered very well. New growth has started and plants have regained their vibrancy once again.

To have salads for Winter use they need to be planted in August or September. This gives them a chance to be well established before colder weather sets in. We grow all the Winter salads in the polytunnel. If you were planting outside they would need to be covered with a cloche when the weather gets colder. Oriental salad mixes are great, there is a mix of about half a dozen leaves in each seed packet and they cope well in the Irish climate.

The salad bowl pictured above contains: mizuna, winter purslane, red mustard, kale,, egyptian onion, parsley and february orchid. With a French Dressing made from olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and a pinch of mustard powder to complement, very nice indeed.

1 comment to February Salads.

  • I’m very impressed with your winter salad, I’ve not often manged to have anything through winter. I think its planting them at the right time that I don’t have the hang of.

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