Great tasting, attractive leaves which are fast to grow, slow to bolt and perfect for picking as ‘baby’ leaf. Can be grown under cover in autumn and winter to provide year round harvests and a continuous supply of leaves.
Outdoors: sow thinly, March-September, where they are to crop, 2.5cm (1″) deep, directly into finely-prepared, fertile, well-drained soil, which has already been watered. Allow 25cm (10″) between rows. Seedlings usually appear in 7-21 days. Keep moist. Harvest unthinned as baby leaves, or thin to 10cm (4″) apart for mature plants. Or, sow indoors, October-March, to grow in a tunnel or greenhouse. Sow into cells in trays of compost in gentle warmth. Transplant to borders or large pots when approx. 7.5cm (3″) tall. Keep moist. Harvest: All year round.
Tip: Late spring and summer crops are ready to harvest from approx. 28 days. Autumn and winter crops take approx. 6-9 days, depending on temperature.