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Mixing Some Salad Seed

In an attempt to use up some of the seed that has been slowly expiring at the bottom of my seed box I spent the morning making my own Salad Leaf seed mix. I don’t know about you but I always end up with a bunch of seed packets that don’t contain quite enough seed for a full row. I can’t bear to throw seed away (I’ll carry on sowing it at least three times before I’ll admit it’s totally dead). So a bespoke seed mix seemed just the thing to clear things out.

As you can see from the photo I’ve included Spinach, Rocket, Mizuna, English Mustard (so they will be a spicy little bunch). But I’ve also added three types of Lettuce; All the Year Round, Salad Bowl and Drunken Woman (it has red flecks on the leaves). And I also threw in some Beetroot for their leaves and a nice earthy taste.

Predictably, I’ve called it My Tiny Salad Mix. And have already sowed a huge swathe of it next to my Strawberry patch. We’ll see how it tastes.

8 Responses to “Mixing Some Salad Seed”

  1. Sarahon 23 May 2012 at 11:34 am

    Great idea – one I will definitely use at home.
    Haven’t come across the lettuce ‘Drunken Woman’ before, but it sounds worth growing just for the name!

  2. mtpon 23 May 2012 at 12:42 pm

    It’s really nice. It’s a loose leaf lettuce and looks a bit like Salad Bowl but with interest.

  3. Christyon 24 May 2012 at 4:50 am

    I totally like this idea. I do something very similar with flower seeds. Instead of purchasing seed mixes I prefer to make my own.

  4. Celiaon 24 May 2012 at 9:38 am

    That’s a great idea – definitely one I should copy.
    Two lettuce varieties I couldn’t resist this year are “Red Fringe-Headed Drunken Woman” and “Fat Lazy Blond” – both from heritage & heirloom seed people http://www.Pennardplants.com – (the seed packets come with equally wonderful illustrations to match the fabulous names – and no – I’m not on commission – just a fan!)

  5. Malc Mollarton 24 May 2012 at 10:19 am

    Great idea. those ends of packets of seeds are a nuisance so mixing them up is ideal. Thanks.

  6. Leaon 25 May 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I always have left-over seeds, too. Good idea to use them up, and what a nice surprise to see the combination of plants you get.
    Happy Salads!
    Lea
    Lea’s menagerie

  7. Andreaon 26 May 2012 at 9:33 am

    Thanks for sharing such a great idea, they are going to make very interesting neighbors for your strawberries.
    I wonder what will germinate? looking forward to seeing a pic next month.

  8. Garethon 03 Jun 2012 at 1:16 pm

    It’s a good idea you lose nothing yet gain plenty.