Monday, September 5, 2011

Do-it-yourself Designer Salads

Designer salads are all the rage and they cost a pretty penny as well.  Having an Italian husband and having lived it Italy, I have grown the really love their bitter greens.  They are an acquired taste but if you are ready to move past arugula, I think you will really enjoy them.

Most of the greens I grow are in the chicory family, the dandelion family, basically.  They all have fancy Italian names and can be found at Grow Italian.  They are wonderful when combined with sweet lettuces and other greens like spinach. 

I broadcast spread the seeds in a small bed and watch them grow.  They are easy to cultivate with the only problem being that slugs love them too but deer don't.  Thinning the plants at regular intervals will keep them from crowding and leave few places for slugs to hide.

Try them, I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised.


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