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Salad Leaves For All Seasons
Salad Leaves for all Seasons - Organic Growing from Pot to Plot
Charles has experimented with a wide range of both growing media and of looking after plants. Through the years of growing and picking salads all year round for local shops, pubs and restaurants, he has discovered many intriguing and lesser known qualities of salad plants.
You will learn from Charles the subtleties of salad seasons and the virtues of different leaves at various times of year. Your salad bowl will fill anew with healthy leaves that thrive in their most favoured conditions. And there is a whole chapter on the flavours of different leaves to point you in the most delicious directions. When your table is groaning with the abundance of your harvests, there are delicious and imaginative recipes from Susie, Charles' wife, exploiting the fantastic flavours, colour and vitality of home-grown salad leaves.
Gardeners Question Time - Sunday 16 November 2008
Salad Leaves For All Seasons is chosen as one of the year’s top ten gardening books.
Here are some of the panel’s comments:
“This is a great one, an unlikely book. I found this book exciting, a whole book on salad by someone who has been growing it organically for a long time. How much do we need to know about lettuce? There are so few people who can examine a subject like this, he is fascinating on the subject, one of the few gardening writers who can really draw you in on such an apparently narrow subject.”
“A wonderful book, very inspiring – a lot of people just grow salad but he talks about taste, he discusses differences in flavours at different times of year and talks extensively about growing salad leaves in winter, a great book.”
“Charles - I just thought I would let you know how I've been getting on with salad growing since buying your book - I've had fresh salad from the greenhouse all winter even in the really cold weather when the greenhouse thermometer was saying -7! If it hadn't been for you I would never even have thought of trying. I know that sounds a bit 'cheesy' but I really mean it!
Many thanks, Erica”
“Charles is a passionate and accomplished gardener who grows
vegetables of amazing flavour.”
Available now from Green Books.
Praise for "Organic Gardening - The Natural No-Dig Way" and "Salad Leaves for all Seasons - Organic Growing from Pot to Plot"
Reader’s testimonial from Grenville Simons, The Elms School, Colwell, Malvern
At school, the dining-room 'salad bar' is now supplied from the beds and polytunnel and the children are whoofing it down each lunch time - I am sure some of it gets pinched on the way up to the kitchen! We also all have a 'leaf munch' at the end of most Rural Studies lessons. It will be a pity when the leaf production slows down but at the moment Rouge Grenobloise and Catalogna along with many of the other leaves you suggest are doing the job.
Thankyou Charles for getting me going on this – and the course really helped too!
Grenville November 2008”
“Just a note to thank you for sharing your knowledge so well. In particular the two books that I refer to all the time "Organic Gardening The Natural No Dig Way" and "Salad Leaves For All Seasons". My other "bible" is by an American writer and is called "Square Foot Gardening". To have fresh green leaves all year, eating them as they are virtually still growing plus knowing there are no chemicals on them is a delight.”
From Anthony Baynes, 7th April 2009
“One of our most respected vegetable growers... Now ordinary gardeners can benefit from his years of practical experience, growing great vegetables in harmony with Mother Earth.”
“A marvelous book that is a delight to read and a mine of information, definitely a best buy.”
Mike Mason, The Good Gardeners Association
“His growing ground is a model of order and beauty.”
Anna Pavord, The Independent
From Nigel Slater's food column, Observer Magazine, April 20th 2008:
“A little book came this week that will ensure I exploit every leafy possibility throughout the year. Salad Leaves for All Seasons (£10.95, Green Books) is Charles Dowding’s must-have for those besotted with young green leaves. He tells us how to grow lettuce in a window box and beetroot in a pot, and how to plant for leaves to harvest on the coldest days of the year. For the gardener there are planting plans and sowing instructions and hints to planting by the moon. As well as salads for window boxes, allotments and gardens, there is also much for the cook, which is why I mention it. Dowding’s unpretentious little book includes a guide to the flavour of each and every salad leaf. The only letdown is that even a man who picks salad leaves 365 days a year still hasn’t found the perfect slug deterrent."