(1)Lettuce grown in outer space was on the news this week, following an article in New Scientist saying it was as nutritious at lettuce grown on earth. They do have an advantage as I doubt whether they took up slugs, for anything other than maybe some experiments rather than to graze on its leaves. I hadn't chosen the same variety: Red Romaine which they had selected as it germinates easily.
Down on the surface of Earth, a few varieties were sown up and are starting to emerge this morning in less than a week. Lettuces Catalogna Cerbiatta, New Red Fire and Royal Oak x 5 modules each.
To complement the lettuce , some modules have been sown up with Coriander Calypso, calendula and dill. I love a salad, I really do, but Mr S used to be a reluctant partaker. That changed last year when I started to buy mixed bags of leaves grown within walking distance. As the year passed I started to add edibles from the garden such as nasturtium leaves, dill, etc. He is now 'on board'.
(2) Rocket: another space related connection! Last year my son shared a bulk packet of rocket seed for picking your own leaves from a pot. As the light is getting better, I have sown a tray and seeds are just bursting into life.
More Veg that is what I want to grow this year, but still in my little patch, with maybe a few pretty leafy things tucked into the borders. I came across www.moreveg.co.uk just as I was looking for a paticular variety of lettuce, and was delighted to find a company selling small amounts of seed of rather interesting edibles.
(6) Emerging leaves
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The Acer's newly unfurling buds against a fence green with the tell tale of a wet winter, growing daily.
Plant and shrub cuttings lie along the base of the wall, and with a covering of winter worn wind blown leaves offer shelter for small creatures during the winter, attracting slow-worms and many forms of small garden wildlife. This week the blackbird has been collecting long strands of old Phuopsis stylosa and bleached leaves and stems for her nest, and the jays continue to look for long fallen acorns.