Salad: types and cultivation
In fact, strictly speaking, all conversations of summer residents that this one, for example, is unpretentious, and that there is a terrible whim, is pure deceit. And his goal is to justify his personal failures in the garden. Because absolutely all plants need the same thing — proper care.
Two Important Points in Growing Lettuce
Outside the window there is cold and snow, and the soul is warm and joyful. Why?
But because I constantly think about the cottage, the more the new season is just around the corner and preparations for it are in full swing. And the matter is not only in the care of seedlings - after all, you still need to plan ahead for future planting: where, how much, and most importantly, what I will grow.
And since every summer clerk asks these questions, I want to talk about one of the most winning crops in the garden - an ordinary sowing salad. This is truly a universal plant. I plant it in the spring and in the greenhouse (to get early crisp greens), and in the open ground, when the warm weather has come into its own (to enjoy it all summer), and even in flower beds (to give them a more magnificent volume).
In general, all the salad is familiar, and everyone is always happy with it. However, it is not as simple as it seems.
Sometimes it happens that I plant it in time, and take care, as expected, and the leaves are not at all fine - some small ones with faded edges. And then it will go to the arrow, then it will suddenly begin to rot. Just think, the grass is foliage, and there it is naughty! At first, I could not figure out his character, but eventually I understood what he needed and, most importantly, what was not needed. In order for the salad to always be large, crunchy, not to age or bitter for a long time, in my opinion, it is necessary to observe several rules.
1. Firstly, I stopped planting salad after salad. And I advise everyone to do the same! Yes, I know that this is a precocious crop, but you can also choose another predecessor - radishes, winter garlic, and onions on a feather.
2. Secondly, if you want to get delicious greens as soon as possible, sow only leaf varieties, because semi-oats and kochannye have a longer growing season is very demanding for the mineral composition and intervals between plants. While you have a decent head, the early cabbage will do, too, but you really do not want to wait!
The best salad varieties
My favorite varieties are Ruby lace (carmine-red), Mercury (almost black), Yeralash (light green, curly) and widely known Moscow greenhouse. But last season my favorite was a leaf salad Perseus. It has excellent quality sheet - dark green, with a slightly wavy edge and an oily texture.
Salad: planting and care
Now briefly about leaving. Sowing spend in the grooves. I sow quite thickly, cover the seeds with my palm and press lightly on top. I cover the first sowing in open ground (in April) with covering material, pulling it onto pre-installed arches. After that, I am patient and wait for the shoots - and the salad thinks for a long time.
I water the soil as it dries, after emergence - in a day. Salad, like any leafy vegetable, loves water, but not overflow.
Therefore, when it gains strength, moistening should be shortened: watered, only when I notice that the leaves began to droop slightly (but do not fade!). Separately, I note that if the salad is thirsty, it will grow bitter.
Now about the distance between lettuce plants ...
I already said that I sow quite a lot, and therefore, as soon as the lettuce grows slightly, I start to thin out when I need green in the kitchen: after watering, I simply take out the plants with roots from moist soil, and the rest grow freely. Only when the planting is unsealed does the salad turn out to be large.
And yet: never feed up the growing planting of lettuce! Especially with nitrogen, although it is always on it that any garden grass mussel always responds best.
And the fact is that all the talkers and infusions will go straight to you in a plate in the form of nitrates, not having had time to rework, as it often happens.
I apply all fertilizers only in advance when preparing the soil for planting. I usually sprinkle leaf humus and ash (it contains the two most essential elements of the salad - potassium and calcium). Remember that it is from a lack of calcium that mass decay of plantings begins, and with a lack of potassium - the so-called marginal burn: drying of the outer edges of the leaves.
With timely weeding, loosening and proper care, the salad will delight you with juicy greens for a long time. But still his age is not very long. Therefore, as soon as the first sowing grows to its full potential, I immediately do the next, then another one - and so four times a season. Successful to you "salad turnover", friends! Tasty and beautiful dishes with his participation!
One of the photos shows Perseus salad after it got frozen (it was October 4th).
© Author: A.Ziborova Tver
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