By: Charles Dowding(Author)
231 pages, 32 plates with colour photos; b/w illustrations
Small is beautiful, less is more; a salad a day – but not the supermarket way. This compendium of practical methods for growing a wide variety of salads throughout the year, will inspire you to grow your own, whether on a windowsill, on a patio, in your garden or on the allotment. Here is all the information you need for productive, healthy and tasty salads. Learn the subtleties of salad seasons and virtues of different leaves throughout the year. And when your table is groaning with the abundance of your harvests, there are delicious and imaginative recipes from Susie, Charles' wife, exploiting the fantastic flavours, colour and vitality of home-grown salad leaves.
"Charles is a passionate and accomplished gardener who grows vegetables of amazing flavour"
– Raymond Blanc
Part 1 HIGH YIELDS
Essential Know How
Potential of Small Raised Beds,
Containers & Window Boxes
Sowing, Raising, Sustaining
Part 2 THE SALAD CALENDAR
Autumn &Winter Harvests
Part 3 A CELEBRATION OF LEAVES
Lettuces, Chicories & endives
Oriental leaves, Other Winter leaves,
Spinaches & chards
Exotic ideas, Herbs & flowers
Part 4 INDOOR SOWING
Sowing in Greenhouses, Polytunnels,
Conservatories, Coldframes &
Growing & Harvesting in
Greenhouses & Polytunnels
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Charles Dowding has grown vegetables and salads organically for over 25 years using surface composting methods. He started growing vegetables commercially in 1982 with one of the first vegetable box schemes, and is currently cropping an acre, selling about 200 salad bags of different sizes every week. He has written about the principles of no-dig gardening in his earlier book Organic Gardening: The Natural No-Dig Way published in 2007 by Green Books.
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