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Started by esmeralda on Jun 15, 2020 1:43:37 PM
sowing seeds for salad

Just about to put in an order for some rocket seeds ... what else goes well in a conservatory in a cut-and-come-again salad capacity?

esmeralda - 15 Jun 2020 13:45:59 (#1 of 55)

We've grown tomatoes before, but if you balance the cost & effort against the yield (moderate) and taste (nice but doesn't blow me away) the only real advantage over buying them in a supermarket is that they look pretty and keep you busy.

What would be more useful?

Really tempted to blow £60 or however much it is on a Meyer lemon tree - anyone tried that and can recommend?

Moschops - 15 Jun 2020 13:48:13 (#2 of 55)

Cucumbers, but you may have the same opinion as to tomatoes



Winterborne - 15 Jun 2020 13:50:07 (#3 of 55)

Nothing to add - but I planted some rocket a few years ago and it bolted. We now have rocket growing between the cracks of our patio slabs. It more than meets our needs, and the flowers are pretty too.

Winterborne - 15 Jun 2020 13:52:24 (#4 of 55)

I've never grown cucumbers, but from a friend who did, you have the advantage of being able to harvest them young, so they are much more cucumbery than shop bought ones. My home grown tomatoes are generally a bit tasteless - my fingers aren't very green I've reluctantly concluded.

HorstVogel - 15 Jun 2020 13:54:10 (#5 of 55)

advantage of being able to harvest them young

I was going to point that out, I love small freshly picked cucumber.

Yersinia - 15 Jun 2020 13:58:07 (#6 of 55)

Cut and come again:

Mizuna and other mustardy things

Various types of cress

Radish greens

Beet or chard leaves





Pea shoots


Pak choi






I like things with colourful leaves - you can get red or purple or black or red-veined versions of many of these.

You need to sow successively so when a crop is past its best, a new one is coming through. Really that means, when you start cropping one tub, sow a new one.

HelenDamnation - 15 Jun 2020 13:58:31 (#7 of 55)

Tesco and M&S both have packs of baby cucumbers (85p in Tesco, £1 in Marks). I am utterly addicted to them.

cozzer - 15 Jun 2020 13:59:58 (#8 of 55)

<Tears for Fears earworm>

AdonisBlue - 15 Jun 2020 14:02:46 (#9 of 55)

I followed the advice on here and grew rocket for the first time - a slow bolt variety.

Have to say of everything I've grown this year for first time in conservatory - tomatoes, courgettes, basil, coriander, squash - rocket has been by far the slowest and most difficult.

Tiny seeds, tinier seedlings that are very delicate and incredibly slow growing. But then others in here says it becomes a weed pest so maybe it's the strain or just me.

Yersinia - 15 Jun 2020 14:03:28 (#10 of 55)

Cut and come again tends to induce bolting, as you are stressing the plant, so you usually only get a few rounds of useful cutting.

Your yield per seed is therefore low, but seeds are very cheap.

But it is quick to harvest and space-efficient, and I like babyleaf.

Some types have "bolt-resistant" varieties, which can increase their useful life.

esmeralda - 15 Jun 2020 14:19:40 (#11 of 55)

I'd forgotten planting/how delicious cucumbers were - yes, definitely worth the effort.

Snarlygog - 15 Jun 2020 14:50:36 (#12 of 55)

Trick with tiny seeds.Mix up some wallpaper paste, mix seeds in to it and pour in to plastic bag and cut off a small part of the corner and pipe them out like icing. Remembered this from a Gardening show from the 80s.

AdonisBlue - 15 Jun 2020 14:51:55 (#13 of 55)

I'd be very tempted to just pop to the corner shop and buy some Rocket leaves, 99p big bag.

esmeralda - 15 Jun 2020 15:07:15 (#14 of 55)

That's what I can't do ... still not going into shops. Hence trying to buy a couple of things at once to justify p&p.

JohnIlly - 15 Jun 2020 17:31:28 (#15 of 55)

Garlic chives are good. They have a longer season the ordinary chives and like them are perennial and spread but not too invasively.

The problem with basil is that slugs seem to absolutely adore it.

AdonisBlue - 15 Jun 2020 17:36:11 (#16 of 55)

Esmeralda, apologies, didn't know.

esmeralda - 15 Jun 2020 19:59:07 (#17 of 55)

That's OK - how could you?

Basil never seems to develop a strong enough flavour when home grown - my theory is that it needs more sunshine?

AdonisBlue - 15 Jun 2020 20:02:07 (#18 of 55)

My basil grown in conservatory is quite strong. I've found if you slow it down by forgetting to keep it watered it grows slower and stronger flavoured.

Yersinia - 16 Jun 2020 19:16:52 (#19 of 55)

Also you might want basil to be strong-flavoured for cooking, but find that large, soft, mild leaves work well in a mixed salad.

JohnIlly - 16 Jun 2020 19:49:38 (#20 of 55)

I once grew radishes in a dry year. Bloody hell, they were peppery!

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