How to Grow Quick Late-Season Salad Crops



Many hardy salad leaves are fast-growing and will give a harvest before winter if sown in late summer. If provided protection from the cold, they may even continue cropping right through winter and into spring.

Reliable salad leaves to try include: mustards, tatsoi, mizuna, arugula, winter varieties of lettuce, American or land cress, kales for salad and mâche (otherwise known as lamb’s lettuce or corn salad).

Sowing Late Salad Leaves

Grow late season salad leaves in the sunniest area you have available. Lightly dig the ground over and rake it level. Most salad leaves should be sown into drills spaced about 12 inches apart. Sow your seeds thinly, cover them over with soil, and water them. Germination will be quick in the warm soil. Thin seedlings in stages until they’re about 3 or 4 inches apart.

Sowing under cover into plug trays or small pots makes slug damage less likely. Sow about two to five seeds per plug tray cell or pot. Once the seedlings have filled their cells, transplant them outdoors about 9 inches apart in both directions.

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