Salad Mix ‘Winter’
Rocket (Eruca vesicaria subsp. sativa) known as arugula in the us, Pak Choi (Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis), Mizuna (Brassica rapa var. niposinica), Mustard (Brassica juncea ‘Red Giant’)
All members of the Brassicaceae family, they need similar growing conditions.
Home grown salad is so much tastier when picked fresh. Good quality salad bags are also expensive and difficult to come by in the cooler months.
Available as a ‘mix’ from our seed shop, this is my all-time ‘favourite’ blend of punchy flavours.
How to Grow:
Start seeds undercover from mid February in an unheated greenhouse. We will succession sow roughly every 4 weeks.
From April, you can direct sow outdoors. I prefer to sow either in cells (1 seed per cell) for transplanting later or sow thinly direct into 15L pots. Do not cover seeds.
As the seeds emerge you can easily distinguish between varieties, choosing to grow them on separately or mixed together, they make handsome patio containers.
We will take a break from these hardy salad leaves during high summer, however do keep packets handy, we will return to these salad leaves for harvests right into November.
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Variety: Rocket (Eruca vesicaria subsp. sativa) known as arugula in the US, Pak Choi (Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis), Mizuna (Brassica rapa var. niposinica), Mustard (Brassica juncea ‘Red Giant’)
Type: Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun / part shade
Sow: Late Winter/early Spring and late Summer
Height: 15-20 cm
Seeds per packet: 500
Harvest: 4-6 weeks from sowing. Plants should produce leaves for weeks when harvested as baby leaves, pick one leaf at a time as ‘cut and come again’.
I permanently have at least one pot for ‘eating’ one ‘growing’ and ‘one just sown’.