Many leafy salads and vegetables can be cut as seedlings and will then form further leaves for another – and possibly more than one – harvest.
In May, start sow carrots, radishes, beetroot, lettuce and spring onions successionally for continuous cropping. Usually recommended to sow fortnightly.
Crops grown for salad leaves include:
- khol rabi
- leaf celery
- pak choi
- red kale
- sea kale
Buy seeds separately or in mixed seed packets.
Sow in batches every 2 or 3 weeks to help even out growth & harvests.
Sow seeds by scattering thinly – about 5 cm/2 inches apart – and rake to just cover before watering to settle the soil. Be careful not to sow too thickly as this inhibits growth.
Ideally harvest by cutting in the morning when leaves are still crisp. Leave stumps at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) tall to regrow.