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Rolling in the Gutter

Friday, September 27, 2013 @ 10:09 AM

My days of rolling in the gutter should be over, but a bit of black plastic guttering that miraculously fallen onto my terrace from the roof of the flat above, has reminded me of a great idea that I read about a few years ago.

Strapped for space on my small terrace, it’s going to provide a new home for home sown winter salad. The black plastic will absorb the warmth of the sun, providing some very welcome ‘bottom heat’, which speaking from personal experience (!) will help the little seedlings brave the onset of winter immensely. When they’re established I can move them onto to larger containers, or leave them where they are if they’re doing ok. That is, if I don’t eat them first ;-)

I’ll be growing some winter lettuce varieties ‘Green Oak Leaf’ and ‘Winter Corcarde’ because, apart from anything else, they should look quite decorative through the window when they grow and Woolly gardening guru Alison has recommended ‘Valdour’ because she says it’s famously hardy and it won’t go wrong, even if the winter’s Siberian and all else fails.

Growing Salad in the Winter

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