Planting the pickling salad - this is how it works


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You like to eat salad? Then grow your own salad, because you can harvest it several times a year. Everything about cultivation can be found here.

Pickle salad can be harvested several times a year

The benefits of fresh pickle salad are clearly that they thrive in the field and in the balcony box magnificent, grow extremely fast and can therefore be harvested several times during the season (picked). So they are very different from the cut salads. These can not be reapplied after a single cut. So try it out and just grow your own pickle salad.

Good varieties for cultivation

Among the known varieties include the oak leaf salad, the Lollo rosso, the Batavia and the finger salad. In the specialized trade also special seed mixtures of different Pflücksalate are available. Also, pickle salads are nowadays already offered as a seed band, whereby a later separation is no longer necessary. Just pick a few different varieties from the huge selection.

Sowing & Care

Already from April you can sow picking salads in the field. To do this, you have to pull grooves with a depth of about 1.5 centimeters in the ground. Then sow the salad seeds thinly into these grooves. In the greenhouse, picking lettuce can thrive almost all year round, depending on the prevailing frost temperatures. It is also advisable to sow in the cold frame, in the raised bed or on the windowsill.

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If it is still frost at night, you should protect the sowing with a thin garden fleece.

As soon as the small plantlets become visible after about one to two weeks, you should isolate them if they are too small. From this point on you should also water the plantlets regularly if necessary. Otherwise, they hardly require any further care.

Unfortunately, the pickle salad is not safe from snails. Which is why it is advisable to combat the snails either naturally (for example with beer traps) or with more environmentally friendly means such as a snail fence.

Harvest pick salad

For the first time, the harvest of the picking salad can be harvested about 6 weeks after sowing. The plants are then grown in about 15 to 20 centimeters and are considered mature. Then you can pick the leaves from the outside inwards. The heart leaves should be left, however, because only if the heart leaves remain in the salad bed, the pickle salad grows steadily.

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