Jan 072012

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Michelle over at Veg Plotting suggested on twitter the other day a challenge to grow or forage some salad every week of the year. It’s a great idea and so I’m joining in. I thought it would be fun to see what was available at this time of the year. We’ve had a very mild (if very windy) winter here so far so there are some surprising candidates for eating still around. The picture gallery shows what I could find around the house without too much effort. Click on the pictures for a better look.

I’ve written a couple of recipes using chickweed. Enjoy!

 Posted by at 18:57

  14 Responses to “52 Week Salad Challenge – January pickings”

  1. I forgot that primrose flowers were edible. Now I have eaten my radicchio, this will bring some welcome colour to my salads – thank you

    • Hi Mel

      Thanks for popping by, glad to be of some help. Radicchio such a rich colour for winter:)

  2. Inspiring Carl but have just looked around my garden and found some chillies still clinging to a rather sad plane and that’s it!!

    • Oh Thane that sounds a bit sad ๐Ÿ™

      Are you being very tidy in the garden? We get some of the bonuses by not clearing up ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. that is inspiring! I never get on with radish leaves, a bit bristly, but maybe I am growing the wrong sort? just got my seeds from the Real Seed company, thanks to your recommendation. Really looking forward to growing new things and all the excitement that goes with it. X joanna

    • Hi Joanna

      I loved the mental image of you dancing round your garden finding salads this morning. The radish leaves can be a bit furry. The Real Seeds people are brilliant and your excitement is infectious ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Great idea, and I’m sure it will inspire others. If you’re “in the know” you can’t really go wrong with this one and it will be a wonderful way to follow the seasons.

  5. Great away to start the new year…..I am going to try seeding some micro-greens on the window ledge. location Vancouver ,BC, Canada.

    • Hi Debra

      Love to see how you get on with that, we just planted some ‘spare’ mixed seeds for micro-greens. Good luck with yours ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Carl, that is such an inspiration, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Why have just 3 kinds of leaves in your bagged salad when you can have more than 10 from your own plot in January?

    I’m pretty sure I’ll find Nasturtiums up at the allotment tomorrow…

    • Hi Michelle

      So glad you started this challenge, we’re going to have so much fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Looks like not so much of a challenge as a walk in the park for you! Really inspiring collection… I would never have imagined such greenery in mid-Winter.

    • Hi Nicola

      It’s one of the advantages of not being too tidy with things and letting them take their course. I did a post on Emma’s blog about allowing things to shoot

      And the chickweed and bittercress are a boon this time of year ๐Ÿ™‚

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