to maximise the growing space in the Polytunnel in the North West Regional College we grow some mixed salad leaf in some drain gutters. First we sow the seeds into cells and then transplant them out into small clumps about 10 inches apart in the gutters, we had these on the go last year and they worked brilliantly. The gutters have a load of small holes drilled in the base at regular intervals.
This past week we have been sowing buckets of cut-and-come-again salads in Clooney Community Centre, we were using a salad mix for this, thus giving a range of salad leaves and interest for the growers
Planting out Mixed Lettuce
Planting up some mixed lettuce sown into cells on the 5th of March from At the Garden Gate, planted these in blocks in a raised bed in the polytunnel, we used a light dusting of Mycorrhizal fungii on the roots when planting
Sowing more lettuce
For a continual harvest try to sow a small amount of salad leaves every few weeks, this gives you then a continal supply of fresh salad leaves. Now by a small amount I mean a dozen or so, not 500 at a go! This week we were doing just this, sowing salad leaves from At The Garden Gate .
We have a £3.50 bag of mixed salads which will last give us enough salad for the school all growing season.
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