Yes, Winter greens, not "Wintergreen", as in "Oil of Wintergreen" that pungent plant extract used in perfumery and medicine!
In Winter-time it is more difficult than at other times of year to provide a reliable source of vegetables, and I have decided that I will make a bigger effort in this area this year, but at present my produce is a bit limited. I have some of the ever-reliable Cavolo Nero still, but the Brussels Sprouts are long gone and the PSB is nowhere near ready.
|Cavolo Nero "Black Magic"|
To try and keep up the supply of greens I have grown a few bits and pieces indoors, such as this tray of Mesclun, which has had the benefit of the Growlight House for all of its short life:
That lot has been grown from a pack of seeds supplied on the cover of Grow Your Own magazine. A lovely selection of leaves - apart from the rather bizarre inclusion of carrots! What are you supposed to do - leave the carrots to mature, or eat the leaves?
I have also grown three small "Little Gem" lettuces in a seed-tray, initially in the Growlight House and latterly on a windowsill.
|"Little Gem" lettuces on the windowsill, with an aerial view of Mark's Veg Plot behind!|
The plants began to bolt before hearting-up (hardly susrprising, is it?), so I picked all the useable leaves.
Out in the garden I also have something else very green:
Not "greens", but certainly green. It's a sprig of this Rosemary plant, seen here surrounded by several pots of Sage:
Looking closely, I see that there are lots of flower-buds on the plant, so hopefully before long it will put on a good display.
Rosemary is often described as being susceptible to damage in cold conditions, but I have found it to be very hardy and resilient. It is one of the few herbs that is available for picking all year round. Most of my other ones are in pots in the coldframe and it will be a fair while before I can pick anything from them: