I've now harvested most of my greenhouse tomatoes. There are just some compact plants and the chilli's left in my pots on the floor of the greenhouse now.
Within a few weeks I want all of those refilled with winter cropping salads. I've already got some lettuces growing, and some chervil, but I needed to make sure that I had sown enough salads to last me through until April, as i've vowed to have another winter with no shop bought salad leaves.
To make sure that I can keep to that, i've filled my staging with module trays of lots of different varieties of winter leaves, and seedlings of lettuces which will be for as soon as the sun comes back next spring.
The winter leaves i've sown are
Rocket, - wild and variety Apollo
Chervil - a favourite now, great for adding to winter omelettes
Red leaved Sorrel - fairly strong so only a few leaves used in a salad, but great for using in sauces for fish
Mizuna - this tastes revolting if grown in the height of summer, but the overwintered taste is milder
Mustard - i've several different types of mustard leaves growing
Chicory -Leaf and radicchio
& Coriander, - (just writing this reminds me I should sow even more of this as I always run out)
plus Perpetual spinach and rainbow Chard
Winter Density, All the Year round, Arctic King, Valdor and my every present pack of Bis di Lattughe from Franchi.
Although i'm lucky enough to have my greenhouse, most of these are hardy enough to go outside in the ground. In fact the chervil was planted in my raised beds last winter, and came through the snows perfectly and kept harvesting until May. For easiest Winter cropping though, if you havn't got a greenhouse, make sure you've got your salads in pots near the back door.
my seeds are from a variety of sources, but my favourite suppliers for winter lettuce are
(amazing selection, and some strong selections)
(new to the winter salad seed market, but some different varieties that i'll be roadtesting this winter)
(smaller collection, but great Rocket, Coriander, basic lettuce varieties, all at budget prices)