Week 21 of my salad growing season.
Change! I have completely rebuilt the planting schedule, which will operate in full for next year, but I am attempting to convert over to it for the remainder of this year.
In short, I will be growing the spicy salad mix actually mixed together (rocket, mizuna, mustard), the same with the seasonal salad mix (lettuce and kale, with spring spinach, summer leafbeet and autumn bok choi) both for 6 weeks, cut, then a final harvest after 2 weeks. Radishes for 5 weeks then 2, to let the little ones have some breathing room. Dill for 8 weeks then 2, carrots for 12 weeks then 2, and beetroot for 13 weeks then 2.
This will be the standard for the whole year, as I have learnt my lesson to plan for rubbish weather rather than assume a heat wave. In the event of a heat wave, I can harvest the lot at the first opportunity and throw down some 2 week pea shoots to top up the seasonal mix instead. In the event of a failed germination or slug assault, I can reseed at 2 weeks in and just clear harvest at the latest opportunity.
I am also just not going to bother with calendula, parsley, coriander or turnips. It makes the growing schedule a ton easier and I can just grow little patches down at the allotment plot if I feel the need (which come to think of it I definately will since I’ve a ton of seed to use now!).
About 150g of combined salad mix which is much more like it, with a cut at about 5 weeks. I’ve also started my first baby bok choi seedings for the autumn mix, which will happen a few weeks earlier next year.
In other news, it’s my birthday in a few days! My assumption that I am an immortal like in Highlander is so far proving correct. In your face, death.