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A salad garden of DELIGHTS

The choice of salad for the home gardener to grow is enormou and makes supermarket bags of leaves seem boring. Sue Stickland shares some of her favourites


Many different types of lettuce from one packet of seed
Radish pod among a mix of salad leaves

It only takes one balmy spring day for a fresh lunchtime salad to suddenly become more appealing than a warming soup. And even in March, you should be able to pick some of the ingredients from the garden. Lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes might have been the salad staples 30 years ago, but gardeners now have dozens of plants to choose from. Vivid chicories, crisp and spicy oriental leaves, tiny currant tomatoes, multi-coloured roots, green onions… they can give you a vibrant mix of taste, texture and colour from just a few square yards of space.

Such a choice never appears on the supermarket shelves, but this doesn’t mean the plants are difficult to grow – often quite the opposite.They might be fiddly to pick or need to be really fresh, making them unsuitable for sale, but these are not problems in the garden. Seed is readily available, just waiting for you experiment – to find out which grow well, wh c are the most useful to you and above all, which taste best.

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In this month's issue of Kitchen Garden ... - Grow succulent strawberries - Save ££s on plants with our great offers - £2338 worth of garden goodies to be won! - Spring into action - 4 page sowing guide - Salads all year round - Try crunchy kohl rabi - How do you like it? Is your plot pristie or patchy? - Broad beans for beginners - 7 pages of delicious recipes - Bye bye to blight - Gloves tested - Boost your mood with gardeing