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Grow your own salad

Courtesy of Yates.

Stepping out your back door to forage for fresh salad ingredients is one of the many delights of gardening . . .

Stepping out your back door to forage for fresh salad ingredients is one of the many delights of gardening . . .

Start growing your own cucumbers, lettuce, radish and rocket in September and you’ll be eating home grown salad in no time.

Yates Long Green Cucumber has sweet, crisp emerald green fruit that only take 8-10 weeks to harvest. They’ll need a trellis or tripod to climb up as the plants can grow up to 1.5m tall.

Long Green has that old-fashioned, delicate, refreshing cucumber flavour. The plants produce large, straight fruit that are ideal for slicing or pickling, and with milder flavour and thicker skin than Telegraph or Lebanese cucumbers. Long Green is delightful peeled and shaved into crisp, translucent slices.

Yates Lettuce Cut Come Again provides a continual supply of delightfully fresh salad leaves. Simply snip leaves off the plant as you need them. Best mass-planted so you can keep plenty of new leaves on the go.

Yates Radish Salad Crunch are easy to grow and can be sown direct into a sunny spot in the garden or into containers. They produce plump, cherry-red globes with crisp white flesh. Finely shaved radish makes a crunchy and colourful addition to salads.

Yates Rocket Large Leaf is a rapid grower with peppery-tasting leaves that add zest to salads. Rocket can be grown in a full sun or partly shaded spot in both the vegie patch and pots. Harvest regularly, while tender, for best flavour.

Yates Japanese Turnip Hakurei is a delightful addition to a salad. This variety produces beautiful, white-skinned turnips with a crisp, delicate-flavoured flesh. Also known as salad turnips, they are delicious raw, chopped or grated into salads, and excellent roasted or sautéed, or in soups and pickles. The leafy tops can be eaten like spinach.

How to Grow:

Before sowing your salad ingredients, improve the soil first with some Yates Thrive Natural Blood Bone with Seaweed. It helps enrich the soil, is a natural soil conditioner and encourages earthworms and beneficial soil microorganisms. It is also boosted with NZ seaweed to promote strong root growth.

Once the seedlings are established, apply some Yates Thrive Natural Fish Blood Bone Plant Food Concentrate around the root zone. It’s a complete plant food for veges and herbs like cucumber, lettuce, radish and rocket that’s a natural source of organic nutrients boosted with fast-acting fertilisers to encourage healthy vege and herb growth.

Aphid watch: aphids are sap-sucking insect pests that are attracted to the soft, tender young growth on vege and herb seedlings. They can adversely affect plant health and reduce your harvest. Aphids are easy to control with Yates Natures Way Vegie Insect Spray Natrasoap Ready to Use, which is an insecticidal soap spray that controls insects like aphids and is certified for use in organic gardens.

Home-grown favourite

Delicious heirloom Grosse Lisse tomatoes have been enjoyed by Kiwi home gardeners for many years.

Yates Tomato Grosse Lisse is a heavy-yielding tomato that has large, round juicy red fruit. The clue is in the name — Grosse Lisse is French and translates roughly to “Big Smooth”. It’s a tall-growing, vigorous variety that will need support with some stakes or a tomato cage.

It can be grown in a sunny garden bed and also containers, so balcony and courtyard gardeners don’t need to miss out on growing this tasty tomato.

Here’s how to get your Yates Grosse Lisse Tomatoes started:

Seed can be sown direct into a vege patch that has had the soil enriched with some Yates Thrive Natural Blood Bone with Seaweed or sown into seedling punnets filled with a good-quality seed-raising mix like Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix.

Sow seed 6mm deep, cover with seed raising mix and water gently.

Keep the soil or seed-raising mix moist and seedlings will start to emerge in around 6-12 days.

For seedlings raised in punnets they can be transplanted into their final home, in either a garden bed or a container, when they’re 5–7cm tall.

In a fortnight, start feeding each week with Yates Thrive Tomato Liquid Plant Food or Yates Thrive Natural Tomato Vegie Plant Food Concentrate which will provide the tomatoes with a balanced diet of nutrients to promote lots of healthy growth and encourage lots of flowers which will turn into delicious fruit. - Courtesy of Yates

Beautifully-fresh veggies that are easy to grow at home.
BIG SMOOTH: Grosse Lisse is a heavy-yielding tomato that has large, round, juicy (and tasty) red fruit. It is a tall-growing, vigorous variety that can be grown in a sunny garden bed or in containers.