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Well salad leaves are great but it must be remembered that lettuce has a medicinal effect anti depressive, soothing and calming.

granted the assorted leaves have vitamins and minerals but good old lettuce also plays its part.PATRICIA

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,460

    Another lettuce fan here - but Cos lettuce and Little Gems are my favourites - gorgeous for mopping up a bearnaise or sharp green peppercorn sauce with my steak, fabulous to scoop up home-made mayonnaise, and wonderful braised with peas and spring onions (ok, not really a salad).

    Another salad favourite is Mâche or Lamb's lettuce - soft, sweet and tender - again just wonderful with a steak .

    And I mustn't forget red chicory - just fabulous - I've never grown it but we buy some most weeks when it's in season - I often mix some with Baby Gem leaves to have with salmon and hollandaise sauce or a sharp vinaigrette  image

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 22,169

    We love salads and I always grow a wee tapestry of green Cos and red oak leaf lettuce in spring and summer.  Looks good and tastes good as well as bringing different textures.   I also grow radicchio but this year I'm branching out and growing various salad mixes. 

    I use rocket on its own occasionally but more often as a highlight.  Beetroot leaves are good and pea shoots too.   Baby spinach leaves are a daily staple in OH's packed lunch as it' s good for his eyesight and is ogten a base for family salads but I like to add watercress and fresh herbs for variety along with proper lettuce.  

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  • Adam, Thanks for the input on the different types of lettece varitys that are avalible. I like to learn from other people instead of trial and error. I'm going to get some of these types of lettece and I will let you know how it grows. I'm growing in pots like you are but I use fabric pots along with a hydroponic water system. I found the system on www.oxygenpotsystems.com So far this year with my new system I have had a much easier growing experience. This fabric pot system is making planting easy because it picks the plants off the ground and I hope it makes harvesting easier like harvesting potatos and carrots. O yea this system allows you to grow in whatever type of medium you want to use. What medium do you recomend for lettece. I can use soil, coco, perlite, or hydrotone.



    Happy Growing,



    Chase the Hydroponic Wizard
  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447
    Is this an advertising campaign?!
    Hydroponic Wizard wrote (see)
    Adam, Thanks for the input on the different types of lettece varitys that are avalible. I like to learn from other people instead of trial and error. I'm going to get some of these types of lettece and I will let you know how it grows. I'm growing in pots like you are but I use fabric pots along with a hydroponic water system. I found the system on www.oxygenpotsystems.com So far this year with my new system I have had a much easier growing experience. This fabric pot system is making planting easy because it picks the plants off the ground and I hope it makes harvesting easier like harvesting potatos and carrots. O yea this system allows you to grow in whatever type of medium you want to use. What medium do you recomend for lettece. I can use soil, coco, perlite, or hydrotone.

    Happy Growing,

    Chase the Hydroponic Wizard

     

  • Think so,Sue.

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