‘Eat your greens’ and your reds, whites and purples in a mixed salad.
Grow leaf crops from seed and use the leaves as needed. When the leaves are 2-5 inches high, which will take four to five weeks, they’re ready to eat. Loose-leaf lettuces need to have leaves harvested regularly. In the fridge they’ll keep for three days or so.
Vegetables raised as cut-and-come-again crops can be planted much closer together than you normally would since the veggies are not going to be maturing into full sized plants before harvest time.
It’s better to stagger your sowing and planting to avoid a glut and so that you can maintain a continuous supply of harvestable leafy greens.
Harvesting is as simple as using a pair of scissors to cut the plants after they reach a height of about two to six inches. Leave behind about a half-inch of stubble and the cotyledons 2 outer leaves on to resume growth.
Grow in containers to stop slugs and pests. Alternatively grow in a raised bed to make cutting easier. Most leaf crops like cool moist roots but do not appreciate too much overhead watering.
A range of salad and leaf crops can be grown as Cut and Come Again see below:
|Common Name||No of Cuts||Lasts in Months|
|Perpetual Spinach||3 plus||6 plus|
|Sugar Loaf Chicory||2-3||3-4|
|Salad Bowl lettuce||2-3||3-4|
|Corn Salad||2-3||3 plus|