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

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

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By (author) Charles Dowding

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  • Publisher: GREEN BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 234mm x 6mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 15 July 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Totnes
  • ISBN 10: 190032220X
  • ISBN 13: 9781900322201
  • Illustrations note: 32pp colour plates
  • Sales rank: 65,196

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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, on a patio, 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 to exploit the fantastic flavours, colour and vitality of home-grown salad leaves.

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Charles Dowding is an internationally recognized organic gardening expert and winner of the 2014 Garden Media Guild Practical Journalist of the Year award. He talks on radio and television and contributes articles to many magazines, including Gardeners' World, Gardens llustrated and Grow It! He gives regular talks, runs courses and advises many gardeners on best practice, including the National Trust in the UK. He is a veteran organic grower, having practised no-dig gardening for many years. In his gardens over the years he has run experiments to compare differences in growth between vegetables on dug and undug soil. He has discovered different patterns of growth in most seasons, with slightly lower yields, more weeds and slugs found on the dug beds. He is currently establishing a new garden to illustrate no-dig practice and form the basis for a new experiment. He says: "I have always been interested in lookiing 'behind the scenes' and asking why things are as they are, questioning practices that are taken for granted. This led me to grow organically, at a time when the chemical approach was rarely challenged." His books for Green Books are:

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Charles is a passionate and accomplished gardener who grows vegetables of amazing flavour Raymond Blanc

Table of contents

Part 1 HIGH YIELDS Essential Know How Potential of Small Raised Beds, Containers & Window Boxes Sowing, Raising, Sustaining Part 2 THE SALAD CALENDAR Spring, Summer, Autumn &Winter Harvests Part 3 A CELEBRATION OF LEAVES Lettuces, Chicories & endives Oriental leaves, Other Winter leaves, Spinaches & chards Exotic ideas, Herbs & flowers Part 4 INDOOR SOWING & GROWING Sowing in Greenhouses, Polytunnels, Conservatories, Coldframes & Windowsills Growing & Harvesting in Greenhouses & Polytunnels