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We eat salad nearly every day in our house, so I¹m always looking for a way to vary the mix and give it some zing. I often turn to sorrel, a perennial crop that is always in leaf--even in winter if I give it the protection of a cold frame or greenhouse. I pick a small handful of leaves, then make a “chiffonade” by stacking them in a neat pile, then slicing them thinly into ribbons with a sharp knife. Instant lemony tang!

Our special blends offer balanced mixtures of wonderful leaf shapes, flavors, textures and colors for delicious and gorgeous spring summer and fall salads. There will be some variation in germination and growth rates, to give each salad their own unique personality. After all, culinary variety is one of the most valuable spices of life.

To best grow Salad Greens, choose a sunny site and amend the soil as necessary with compost and/or well-rotted manure, complete organic fertilizer or dolomite lime. As soon as the ground can be worked in early spring, direct-sow seed thinly and evenly for harvest as baby leaves (for likely two scissor-harvests). Or, space seed out for mature, full-size leaves. Lightly cover with soil, pat gently and water with a fine spray. Keep the soil lightly moist until seedlings emerge. In very hot weather, Salad Greens benefit from more dappled sunlight via shade cloth or floating row covers. Water evenly and regularly and feed weekly with manure tea and kelp or fish emulsion for optimum growth.

Direct-sow seeds every 10 to 14 days through the fall when night frosts threaten. Keep the garden going! No reason to stop just because school is back in session. Lush salads are even more special in the fall after the cacophony of summer vegetables competing for kitchen attention has quieted down and salad greens can reclaim center stage.

Average seed life: 1 year

To broaden the range of texture and flavor in your garden and salads, don’t forget to plant some of these specialty Salad Greens:

Arugula, Asian Greens, Chervil, Claytonia, Cress, Dandelion Greens, Escarole, Frisee, Giant Red Mustard, Komatsuna, Lettuce, Mache, Mibuna, Minutina, Mizuna, Orach, Radicchio, Salad Blends, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard, and Tatsoi.

#3000 Lovely Lettuce Mesclun Blend: 30-40 days
This lovely mixture of beautiful lettuces is designed for diverse color and leaf shapes. All will reliably re-grow two or three times after scissor-harvesting: Little Gem baby romaine, curly Tango, cheeky red Lolla Rossa, crispy Summertime, Brunia red oakleaf, buttery Rouge Grenobloise and Merveille des Quatre Saisons. (OP.)

Packet of 2500 Seeds / $4.95

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#3010 Piquant Salad Greens Mix: 25-40 days
Spice up your life with this fast-growing, tangy mixture of salad greens ideally suited to scissor-harvest as baby leaves. This selection features the lovely and lacy Mizuna, beautiful Giant Red Mustard, tangy Arugula, mildly zingy Tat Soi and Wrinkled Crinkled Crumpled Cress. For these tangy leaves, a honey mustard, poppy seed dressing is the perfect counterpoint with sliced pears, finely sliced red onions and dried raspberries. For the dressing, whisk together 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 4 teaspoons honey mustard and 1 tablespoon honey. Slowly drizzle in ¾ cup canola oil while whisking to emulsify. Stir in 1 teaspoon poppy seeds, season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with toasted pine nuts and crumbled goat cheese. (OP.)

Packet of 2500 Seeds / $4.95

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#3020 Frisée & Raddichio Salad Blend: 50-60 days
This tangy blend contains a mixture of different members of the chicory family. It contains the lacy Très Fine Maraîchère, the classic ball-type Radicchio Rossa di Verona and the Castlefranco radicchio (a strain-type that produces varied colorations and shapes). (OP.)

Packet of 800 Seeds / $4.95

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#3030 John Scheepers Baby Leaf Salad Mixture: 25-40 days
For a spicy tang and wonderful leaf textures, this incredible mix includes Arugula, Wrinkled Crinkled Crumpled cress and Très Fine Maraîchère endive. For curl, we added the rich red of Lolla Rossa and dark acid green of Tango lettuce. Our mix is brought to perfection with dependable Red Salad Bowl, unique Oakleaf, buttery Rouge Grenobloise and Little Gem baby romaine. All seeds are combined for your broadcast sowing enjoyment and ease! (OP.)

Packet of 1000 Seeds / $5.25

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#3040 Milano Chicory Melange: 40-70 days
A splendid mixture of heirloom Italian Chicory, our Mélange features eight special varieties in diverse colors, leaf shapes and head types. Now for the rundown. Pan di Zucchero, also known as Sugarloaf, has large conical green heads. Gumolos Rosso is a rugged, rustic variety with red leaves while Gumolos Verde has verdant green leaves. Catalogna Dandelion greens has long, deeply cut bright green frilly leaves. Radicchio Castlefranco has lovely round leaves that are two-toned green and red. Radicchio Rossa di Treviso has long red leaves with white mid-ribs. Radicchio Rossa di Verona has oval-shaped heads while Radicchio Palla Rossa has classic round red heads. Start the Milan Chicory Mélange very early in the spring or in the late fall so that its vibrant colors can develop in cooler temperatures. You may harvest its tangy leaves at any stage of growth depending on their use. The distinctive earthy taste and slightly bitter tang of chicory is cherished in Italian salads as baby leaves and in soups and stews with more mature leaves. (OP.)

Packet of 4500 Seeds / $4.95

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#3050 Torino Italian Misticanza: 30-40 days
Our classic Italian Torino Misticanza includes eight varieties selected for their complimentary tastes and textures as well as their closely matched growth rates. They may be harvested as ‘cut and come’ baby leaves and as full-sized mature plants. Our Misticanza has the heavily curled red Lolla Rossa and blonde-green Lolla Bionda Lettuces, hardy Oakleaf, baby romaine-types green Little Gem and red Rubens, zesty Arugula, peppery Cress and fast-growing green upright Spadona Chicory. (OP.)

Packet of 5200 Seeds / $4.95

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#3060 Asian Mesclun Mixture Salad Greens: 20-40 days
Our new tangy mixture of Asian salad greens contains frilly and zesty Mizuna, crunchy-mild mustard and cabbage-flavored Komatsuna, delicate crunchy Pakchoi, extra tangy red and green Giant Red Mustard, crunchy spoon-shaped Tatsoi and nutty-sweet Mibuna. It makes for one special salad on its own or added liberally to more classic salad mixtures like our Lovely Lettuce Blend. You may choose to sow it thickly for ‘cut and come’ again baby leaf scissor harvest or spaced out for full-sized plant growth and harvest. (OP.)

Packet of 3000 Seeds / $4.95

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#9000 John Scheepers Mesclun Salad Collection: 25-60 days
Our blends offer a balanced assortment of leaf shapes, textures and colors to grace your summer table. There will be some variation in germination and growth rates, so your salads will always be a little different! To effectively grow these greens, choose a sunny site and add compost and/or manure, complete organic fertilizer and dolomite lime. In the spring, after the danger of frost is past and the soil has warmed to about 45°F, sow seed thinly and evenly. Lightly cover with soil, pat gently and water with a fine spray. Keep soil lightly moist until seedlings emerge. Greens benefit from shade provided by shade cloth or floating row covers in very hot weather. Keep your salad greens growing quickly: water evenly and regularly and feed weekly with kelp or fish emulsion or manure tea. Sow every 10 to 14 days. Scissor-harvest for at least one, and possibly two, harvests of baby greens. Or, allow to grow on and harvest as mature leaves. It will provide you with a bonanza of salad greens in a wide range of taste, crunch, loft and color for months of spectacular summer salads. (OP.)

Our collection includes one packet each of the following;

  • #3010 Piquant Salad Greens Mix.
  • #3000 Lovely Lettuce Blend.
  • #3020 Frisée and Radicchio Salad Blend.

    Packet of 5800 Seeds / $13.40

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