|Winter kale in the floating garden reaching for the sun.|
That’s an unusual name for a leafy green. It comes from Europe because it often sprouts in fall in harvested corn fields.
|Corn Salad growing in a pot covered with a plastic bag during winter.|
I start my corn salad seeds in a deck pot no later than mid-August. That gives them enough time to mature before the cooler, less sunny weather starts to stunt their growth.
It grows in many soil conditions, and is hardy even in winter with a little protection. Each plant makes a small cluster of leaves that can be individually picked, leaving the plant to produce more. Its main enemies are slugs and birds that can be hungry during the colder months.
|Corn Salad still growing in February in its own mini-greenhouse.|
Before freezing temps begin, I cover the pot with a mesh cage and clear plastic bag. On sunny days, I take the plastic off, but on cold ones and during the night I leave the pot covered for extra protection.
Corn salad has small, bright green crunchy leaves with a mild, slightly sweet flavour. I like to mix it with iceberg lettuce we buy at the store. It gives our salads some extra kick and colour.
Do you grow winter greens? What are some of your successes? -- Margy
References: The Vegetable Expert by Dr. D.G. Hessayon (1985) and All About Vegetables by Ortho Books (1973)