HomeblogSpinach saves the day Snowy weather and a cold flat has rather slowed the progress of the indoor salad garden this week. Rather than the fat crop of peashoots and cut-and-come-again salad leaves that I’d hoped for by this stage, I’ve found myself with a bunch of adolescent microgreens. Week 6 I sampled a few lettuce seedlings, which have grown their first tiny pairs of true leaves. They do taste like a more intense lettuce, but they’re nothing special really, in my opinion. I’d much rather wait for them to reach the stage where they have juicy 4in leaves which taste marvellous and bulk up a salad no end. So instead I’ve harvested some of my overwintered spinach. I’ve managed to nurse it through after I sowed it in the last week of August, keeping it in the sunniest part of my part-shaded balcony, next to the wall of our flat, which offers a little extra warmth. From late October, the spinach plants have been covered in their pots with a plastic bell cloche, and they have survived. Wonderful, wonderful spinach. I love the thick, juicy, flavoursome young leaves raw, with a little honey and mustard dressing. And it was rather lovely to eat something larger than a postage stamp. That’s the end of the spinach on the balcony, though. All that remains, plugging powerfully through the snow, are mature curly kale plants and baby chard, which I hope, come the warmer weather, will mature into big, fat colourful leaves to be cooked on a cold winter’s night. This week I sowed Komatsuna, peas, lettuce. Don’t forget to follow others taking part in the salad challenge on twitter using the hashtag #saladchat. And if you don’t have your own blog but want to write a post about your own experience of the challenge, then use our Your Blogs section. Share this:Share 2 Responses Lea February 26, 2012 Wow! That spinach loks wonderful! Have a blessed day! Lea Lea’s Menagerie Reply F&F February 26, 2012 Thanks Lea! It’s all gone now from the balcony. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.