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October Salad Update

By Mwillis
My salad crops have been very successful this year, and are still going strong. We are not eating much salad at present, having moved on to more Winter-style meals, but it's there when we want it.
I still have several lettuces, although their growth rate has slowed down a lot, so whether they will make it to maturity before the frost gets them is a moot point.

October salad update

"Marvel of Four Seasons"


October salad update

"Can Can"


October salad update

"Rossa Romana"


October salad update

"All Year Round"


The "All Year Round" Lettuces are quite pale and delicate. Despite its name, this variety seems to do better in warmer conditions.

I have lots of Endives on the go, and they are all jumbled up so I have no idea what variety each one is.


October salad update

Curly Endive - variety unknown!


I would grow this Radicchio even if we never ate it - it's very decorative.
October salad update

This Radicchio is ready for picking. You can tell that it's ready when the outer leaves of the heart (not the main outer leaves) begin to go brown and slimy.

October salad update

Radicchio "Palla Rossa di Chioggia"


Don't be put off by the brown slimy leaves - they are normal - just peel them back and you will find a bright red / white / pink core inside.
October salad update

October salad update

The last few remaining beetroot look as if they should be woody, but they are not. Well anyway, the last batch I cooked, on Thursday, weren't. They were lovely and tender.

October salad update

Beetroot "Boltardy"


Photographed in the sunlight, the beetroot stems are such a beautiful color.

October salad update

Beetroot "Boltardy"


Here's a fitting conclusion to a post about salads: I found these by one of my raised beds. They are slugs' eggs.
October salad update

After photographing them, I squashed them, because I'm not letting those darned slugs get my salads!

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