52 Week Salad Challenge – January pickings

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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!



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

  1. Mel Avatar

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

    1. Carl Avatar

      Hi Mel

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

  2. Thane Avatar

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

    1. Carl Avatar

      Oh Thane that sounds a bit sad 🙁

      Are you being very tidy in the garden? We get some of the bonuses by not clearing up 🙂

  3. joanna Avatar

    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

    1. Carl Avatar

      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 🙂

  4. Mo Avatar

    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.

    1. Carl Avatar

      Welcome back Mo, this’ll be a good one for the year 🙂

  5. Debra Avatar

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

    1. Carl Avatar

      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 🙂

  6. VP Avatar

    Carl, that is such an inspiration, thank you 🙂

    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…

    1. Carl Avatar

      Hi Michelle

      So glad you started this challenge, we’re going to have so much fun 🙂

  7. Nicola Avatar

    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.

    1. Carl Avatar

      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 🙂