Sow seeds for luscious, tender leafy greens this next week – and best days are Thursday 21st September 2017 to Monday 25th [here in New Zealand]
In Auckland the weather has been alternated between winter chills and winds off the Antarctic through to warm and wet weather out of the tropics. Welcome to Spring!
Let’s hope for good germination! I will sow seeds throughout the week of
- Lettuce – I left many varieties to seed so hopefully some will do well no matter what the weather does this year – hot/dry/cold/wet.
- Silver-beet [including rainbow chard/ bright light beets – the ones with vibrant colored stems – so stunning to see in a garden] we left to seed in the garden and they are sprouting up now
- Rocket [Arugula] is tasty rather than bitter at this time. We plant 2 types – the large leaf annual and the stronger, smaller-leaf perennial rocket
- Mustard greens, or the giant red mustard is pretty nice early in the season before the heat of summer adds too much pepper bite.
- Asian greens [assorted] – here they grow well in the cooler months – they grow so fast! We have Mizuna self-seeding. We grow 2 types – an ordinary green one as well as the deep red one – stunning in the garden [for a short time]
- Endive We grow 2 types – a broader leaf variety and a lovely fine, frilly variety. They are lovely and tender in cooler months so we enjoy them now. Both grow more slowly than lettuce.
This is a great time to have leafy greens grow well – they love cooler, wetter times.
Later, when the weather warms up they bolt to seed fast and produce fewer leaves which easily go bitter.
Enjoy delightful salads with a range of leaf types in these Spring months.